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All aboard! Thousands take to buses in Lisbon to protest government austerity

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All aboard! Thousands take to buses in Lisbon to protest government austerity

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Austerity protesters in Portugal took to buses to cross Lisbon’s landmark April 25th bridge after the government denied them permission to march across it.

Amid a cacophony of tooting horns, 400 buses made their way over to Lisbon, even paying the toll for the bridge.

There was disagreement on the numbers on the street, however – the organisers putting attendance between 50 and 60,000; the police estimated 25,000.

The demonstrators were protesting a raft measures introduced by the Portuguese government to cut costs – these include reducing public service salaries and cutting pensions for public sector workers.