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More than 100,000 protest against austerity in Portugal

Published on Sep 16, 2012 9:54 AM
Protesters shout slogans during a protest in front of the Portuguese Parliament following an online and broadly non-party political campaign against the new austerity measures, in Lisbon, on Sept 15, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

LISBON (AFP) - More than 100,000 people took to the streets of Lisbon and other Portuguese cities on Saturday to protest against fresh austerity measures recently announced by the centre-right government.

Organisers estimated that 50,000 people turned out for the Lisbon protest, with a similar number in the second-largest city of Porto and several thousands in around 30 other cities. The country's police generally refuse to release numbers.

In the capital, protesters clashed with police in front of the parliament, but no one was injured.

University students and artists called for the protests on Facebook, but they were also backed by far-left parties and Portugal's biggest union CGTP, which has also called for a large rally at the end of the month.

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