[Marxism] Major anti-austerity march in Lisbon!

Dennis Brasky dmozart1756 at gmail.com
Tue Feb 14 19:12:52 MST 2012

from portside -

Major Anti-Austerity March in Lisbon

Diario de Notícias
February 13, 2012


300,000 demonstrated in the Portuguese capital's Terreiro do
Paço [Palace Square] "to show the troika" that there will be
"no surrender", writes Diário de Notícias on the Saturday 11
February anti-austerity protests. This was the biggest
demonstration organised by the CGTP, the country's largest
trade union federation, for 30 years, and comes just four
days before the EC/ECB/IMF troika arrives in Lisbon to assess
compliance with the terms of 2011's _78bn bailout.

The Portuguese, DN writes, came out to protest against
unemployment [currently at 13.6% and rising], freezing of the
minimum wage, changes to unemployment benefit, cuts to
holiday pay and Christmas bonuses for civil servants and
pensioners, as well as VAT hikes on essential goods. In its
editorial, the Lisbon daily notes that -

    ... the new times approaching, carried by extreme
    austerity, are a serious warning that the government
    should not ignore. [.] Poverty and growing despair are
    not "whining" [an allusion to a remark made by the PM
    that the Portuguese should not be "namby-pambies"]. It is
    a warning that urgent action is needed. According to the
    CGTP, 300,000 were on the streets of Lisbon yesterday.
    Without disorder or any signs of violence. [.] But
    nothing, really nothing, guarantees that it will always
    be like this. For this reason, the Greek example should
    not, must not, be ignored.

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