Thousands protest in Spain, Portugal against austerity cuts
LISBON (AFP) - Thousands of protesters in Portugal and Spain marched on Saturday in fresh protests against the austerity measures their governments have imposed to tackle their debt crisis.
Portuguese demonstrators staged marches that took on a festive air in the capital Lisbon and a number of other cities. In Lisbon, actors, singers, singers and dancers took centre-stage on a special podium set in one of the city's main squares.
"Culture is resistance, the artists are in the street," was the slogan for what was billed as a day of cultural protests. Organisers said several thousand people had turned out.
The government of centre-right Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho, which is pushing through swingeing public spending cuts to meet the demands of the country's international creditors, was the main target of the protests.