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Protests promised in Portugal over rail fare hikes

PORTUGAL A Plataforma das Comissões de Utentes da Carris, the Platform of Committees of Rail Transport Users, has promised to organise protests in the coming days over sharp rises in fares for rail transport announced by the right wing government of Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho as part of its austerity measures. Public transport prices went up 20% last year and is due to rise by a further 5% this year with children, youth and elderly, who have seen discounts cut, faced with increases of 75%  More (in Portuguese).

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