Thousands protest in Portugal over the country's cost of living crisis

Pensioners hold a banner with the words "General Increase" during a demonstration protesting the rise of the cost of living
Pensioners hold a banner with the words "General Increase" during a demonstration protesting the rise of the cost of living Copyright Armando Franca/Copyright 2023 The AP. All rights reserved
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Thousands of protesters took to the streets of the Portuguese capital Lisbon calling on the government to act on the country's cost of living crisis

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Thousands of people took part in a protest rally in the Portuguese capital Lisbon to demand action from the government on the cost of living crisis.

They called for a "fairer life" and an end to price increases, in an event organised by the group "The system oppresses the various sectors of our society and that is why it is very important that people speak out because the fights have to be with everyone," claimed one woman taking part in the demo. "This system subjugates and oppresses everyone."

Mariana Mortágua, a lawmaker, insisted the government would have to act: "There is a convergence of social protests and I think the government has to pay attention to this signal.".

"The system oppresses the various sectors of our society and that is why it is very important that people speak out because the fights have to be with everyone," claimed one woman taking part in the demo. "This system subjugates and oppresses everyone."

The organisers say an emergency plan from the government is crucial if only to stop a "difficult situation from getting worse," by which they mean inflation, home evictions and reduction in salaries.

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