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Portuguese anger at spending cuts


Portugese workers held a general strike on Thursday, protesting against austerity measures imposed by the centre-right government to meet goals set by the EU.
There were some minor scuffles and arrests in the evening after a large crowd gathered outside the parliament building in the capital Lisbon but the event passed off largely peacefully.
The event was jointly organised by trade unions who claimed it was the largest and most important general strike since 1988. They said that three quarters of workers took part in the stoppage. Government estimates were much more conservative.
Nevertheless, transport and other public services were affected across Portugal as workers vented their opposition to job losses and spending cuts.
The country is attempting to meet the conditions for a 78 billion euro bailout to rescue it from its worst economic crisis in decades.
Unemployment, at 12.4 per cent, is at its highest since the 1980s.

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