Public protests as Portugal serves up austerity budget

Portugal's Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho is under pressure (photo:dpa)
Portugal's Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho is under pressure (photo:dpa)

Public protests, some turning violent, have greeted austerity measures aimed at reducing Portugal’s deficit. A national strike has been called for November as the Portuguese government outlined its new budget involving tax rises and cuts in the number of public workers.

GOVERNMENT austerity packages are attracting huge violent public demonstrations on the streets of Portugal and Spain.

The eurozone’s economic and financial crisis has led to the politics of austerity and it is seriously hurting Portugal which is already receiving a 78 billion euro (US$100 billion) financial rescue package granted in 2011 from the Troika – the International Monetary Fund, the European Centr...

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