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Public sector workers continue strike in Portugal

03-23-2012 08:17 BJT

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Public sector workers in Portugal are continuing their strike action, in protest against austerity-driven spending cuts and tax increases.

Called by Portugal’s biggest trade union, the stoppage has brought a broad shutdown of public services. Schools are closed, and hospitals are operating on reduced staffing. Portugal is locked into a three-year program of debt-reduction measures, in return for its 78 billion euro bailout.

Protesters carry a banner during the Portuguese general strike in Lisbon March 22,

The Portuguese have also been paying more tax as well as having their welfare entitlements curtailed since last year.

Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest in Lisbon March 22, 2012.

Police officers charge protestors during a demonstration following a 24-hour general
strike in downtown Lisbon.

Riot policemen scuffle with protesters during the Portuguese general strike in Lisbon
March 22, 2012.

A protester runs away from riot policemen during a charge in Lisbon downtown during
the Portuguese general strike March 22, 2012.


Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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