30,000 portuguese marched Saturday in Portugal’s second biggest city of Oporto demanding a change in the right-wing government’s austerity policies. The demonstration was organised by the CGTP union, which has 600,000 members. General Secretary Armenio Carlos slammed the government for ignoring the ‘the dramatic conditions millions faced’ in Portugal and described the policies promoted in Europe by German leader Chancellor Merkel and in Portugual by Prime Minister Passos Coelho a ‘failure’ . Unemployment continues to rise but ‘the government doesn’t change its austerity policies by a comma,’ he added. The union leader also criticised wage cuts and policies that promoted the casualisation of labour. Further protests are planned 16 June.
Photo: General Secretary Armenio Carlos at the protest Saturday in Oporto