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Thousands take to the streets of Lisbon to protest against austerity policies in Portugal

Published on Jun 22, 2014 1:46 AM

LISBON (AFP) - Several thousand protesters took to the streets of Lisbon on Saturday in the latest demonstration against the austerity policies of Portugal's centre-right government.

"Change the policies" and "Out with the government" chanted members of the country's largest union, the CGTP, which had gathered thousands for a protest in the north-western port of Porto a week earlier.

"Living conditions in Portugal are only getting worse as a result of unfair policies. We've had enough of this government," said Mr Jorge Macau, 35, a local government worker who had travelled from the south-eastern region of Evora.

But despite years of bruising austerity measures, the unions have struggled to garner public support for recent protests.

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