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Portuguese crowds protest against government cutbacks

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Portuguese crowds protest against government cutbacks


100,000 protestors marched in Portugal’s capital Lisbon, angry at government reforms which they say are destroying their social rights. The demonstrations came after the socialist government announced cuts in emergency services at several public hospitals to save money.

This marcher says that since the end of fascism, there’s never been a government as bad for the workers, and as good for the capitalists, who’ve never done so well. “I came to take these people to heaven,” he said, “because with devils like this in government. It’s no life.”

The protests come just a month after the Portuguese Prime Minister recorded his highest popularity ratings since coming to power two years ago. Already the administration has cut one of Europe’s highest budget deficit’s to 4.6 per cent, and is predicting increased economic growth this year.

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