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Hundreds of thousands march against austerity in Portugal
AFP via france24.com ^ | March 2, 2013 | AFP

Posted on 03/02/2013 5:55:23 PM PST by Lancey Howard

AFP - Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Lisbon and other Portuguese cities Saturday to protest against the government's austerity measures aimed at rescuing the debt-hit eurozone nation.

The rallies were organised by a non-political movement which claimed 500,000 marched in the country's capital and another 400,000 in the main northern city of Porto. There have been no official estimates of the crowds.

But the mood of the crowd was clearly political, calling for new elections with banners declaring "Portugal to the polls!" and "If you fall asleep in a democracy, you wake up in a dictatorship".

Another banner showed a picture of centre-right Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho with the caption: "Today I am in the street, tomorrow it will be you."

Portugal was granted a financial rescue package worth 78 billion euros ($103 billion) in May 2011, in exchange for a pledge to straighten out its finances via austerity measures and economic reforms.

(Excerpt) Read more at france24.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: austerity; portugal

1 posted on 03/02/2013 5:55:30 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

How does one march against austerity?

Does one bitch and moan? And who is to blame? And how will the problem be solved?

Abolish austerity!!


2 posted on 03/02/2013 5:59:56 PM PST by 353FMG ( I refuse to specify whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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Coming soon to a concentrated Democrat parasite nest (”city”) near you!

All across Europe, the parasites outnumber the hosts.
Congratulations to Europe’s version of America’s Democrats.

(psssst.... Hey Portugese! The socialists you elected to keep you fat and happy have run out of other people’s money.)


3 posted on 03/02/2013 6:00:16 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: 353FMG

Living within your means?

da horror

“We are marching against math and basic common sense!”


4 posted on 03/02/2013 6:01:24 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Lancey Howard

They are literally marching against their own rescue! absolutely amazing!


5 posted on 03/02/2013 6:02:13 PM PST by Castigar
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To: All
Here's a related thread from December:

Portugal May Become the First of Europe’s Bankrupt Welfare States...

6 posted on 03/02/2013 6:02:57 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

You are too complicated.

All you need is paper and ink and a printing press and print moh cruzeros or dollars or whatever. Problem solved.


7 posted on 03/02/2013 6:06:52 PM PST by 353FMG ( I refuse to specify whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: Castigar; GeronL
They are literally marching against their own rescue! absolutely amazing!

Like America's own Democrat party base of moochers, bums, deadbeats, and parasites, they have absolutely no inkling that the "free stuff" they receive from their politicians in exchange for their votes is not simply conjured up out of thin air by government - - it is confiscated at the point of a gun from other people who get up and go to work every day.

8 posted on 03/02/2013 6:07:39 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Castigar; GeronL

I guess these marching Portuguese are what we call “low information voters”.


9 posted on 03/02/2013 6:10:52 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

Dear Portugal,

Your government has run out of other people’s money.
Earn your own now. Or starve.

Sincerely,

Other People


10 posted on 03/02/2013 6:12:14 PM PST by ctdonath2 (3% of the population perpetrates >50% of homicides...but gun control advocates blame metal boxes.)
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To: Castigar
They are literally marching against their own rescue! absolutely amazing!

Reminds me of American union-thugs, who would rather go on strike, refuse to capitulate, and destroy the very company that provides their jobs.

11 posted on 03/02/2013 6:18:38 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Hey RATS! Control your murdering freaks.)
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To: Lancey Howard

What is the destination of their march? The poorhouse? Who are they hoping to impress? The Germans? After the march their leaders no doubt told them that the Germans will once again subsidize their consumption.Here in America Obama has great faith in China and Bernacke. Soon it will be apparent that those who consume more than they produce cannot be saved by endless subsidies, financial gimmickry and the endless printing of currency.


12 posted on 03/02/2013 6:27:47 PM PST by allendale
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To: allendale
Soon it will be apparent that those who consume more than they produce cannot be saved by endless subsidies, financial gimmickry and the endless printing of currency.

How soon do you think that will be? (The answer, of course, is: When it is way WAY too late.)

13 posted on 03/02/2013 6:34:46 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard
"...teachers, healthcare workers and pensioners..."

Like protesters and rioters against austerity measures in other defaulting countries in southern Europe. Political/regulator class folks try to distract from the fact that it will be them here, too. That's an enormous number of outrageous salaries from the recirculating debt.


14 posted on 03/02/2013 6:35:57 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: Lancey Howard
Portugal was granted a financial rescue package worth 78 billion euros ($103 billion) in May 2011, in exchange for a pledge to straighten out its finances via austerity measures and economic reforms.

They should have cut them off in 2011. Kicking the can down the road just makes the inevitable blowup bigger.

15 posted on 03/02/2013 6:40:37 PM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
Reminds me of American union-thugs, who would rather go on strike, refuse to capitulate, and destroy the very company that provides their jobs.

Sounds familiar...


16 posted on 03/02/2013 6:40:51 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: Lancey Howard

It is already too late.Critical amounts of capital have been squandered on consumption and subsidies. Real poverty, despite the whining of politicians and clueless mindless voters,is the destiny of most of those marchers.


17 posted on 03/02/2013 6:42:06 PM PST by allendale
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To: Lancey Howard

They don’t believe that. They believe that evil rich people are exploiting them. What they don’t understand is that the socialism they crave is actually just the same chocolate covered narcotic that has been killing them slowly and leading them to the abject state of welfare junkies.


18 posted on 03/02/2013 6:46:43 PM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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Marching and rallying for something less than mediocrity.

Socialism is a loser’s way of life.


19 posted on 03/02/2013 6:46:51 PM PST by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: Lancey Howard

“they have absolutely no inkling that the “free stuff””

Even if they knew that their free stuff came from the backs of other people, they wouldn’t care. The entitlement mantality is rampant.


20 posted on 03/02/2013 6:49:44 PM PST by Wisconsinlady (When will the rest of America's citizens wake up to the Obamanation?)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

Meanwhile,our supply of Twinkies has dried up.Thanks to a bunch of union idiots.We are not amused.


21 posted on 03/02/2013 6:51:13 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Wisconsinlady
Even if they knew that their free stuff came from the backs of other people, they wouldn’t care. The entitlement mantality is rampant.

That's a good point. In the end they're really no different than the Democrat party's base of moochers here in America.

22 posted on 03/02/2013 6:53:18 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

Rich well managed economies bailing out weak poorly managed ecnonomies, with quid pro quo to “get your shite in order.”

Ungrateful Portugal gives finger to Germans, says for the Germans to work more weeks per year, work to an older age than the Portuguese.

Like in the US where civilians will work forever, so government employees can retire at 50 with full pay, platinum health care, etc.

At the end of the day, it ain’t good.


23 posted on 03/02/2013 7:02:24 PM PST by truth_seeker
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To: Lancey Howard

EVERYTHING FREE FOREVER! (boom) EVERYTHING FREE FOREVER! (boom)


24 posted on 03/02/2013 7:23:38 PM PST by Tax-chick (We don't like original material, unless it's been done before.)
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To: Farmer Dean; COBOL2Java
...our supply of Twinkies has dried up.Thanks to a bunch of union idiots...

If only I had the foresight to go down there and laugh at them as they picketed.

25 posted on 03/02/2013 7:35:45 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Hey RATS! Control your murdering freaks.)
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To: Lancey Howard

They should spend their way to prosperity, like us.

My sister’s all for “free healthcare.”

I’m exasperated.

It’s going to take a complete collapse to reboot the system, whether or not people learn from it.


26 posted on 03/02/2013 7:49:21 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
It’s going to take a complete collapse to reboot the system, whether or not people learn from it.

Yep. Like a hopeless alcoholic, America needs to wake up one afternoon in a dumpster, covered in it's own vomit, urine, and feces before the road to recovery can begin. The sooner America hits bottom, the sooner a new nation can be built. In that way, the African communist Ubama is the perfect captain of this Titanic. That simple p.o.s. is trying to hit every iceberg he can find. If anybody can finish off the once-proud America, it's that guy.

27 posted on 03/02/2013 7:56:06 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
My sister’s all for “free healthcare.” I’m exasperated.

Like they say, "You can choose your friends but you can't choose your relatives." I've got a couple of simpletons in my family, too, believe me.

28 posted on 03/02/2013 9:12:19 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: COBOL2Java

Flowers Foods, which bid $360 million for the Hostess bread brands, made it clear that it won’t honor any previous pension plans or collective bargaining agreements.

These 50 IQ morons in the baker’s union really believe that they can move the union into the new owner’s buildings and operate as before. Reality is about to bite these union guys in the butt.


29 posted on 03/03/2013 6:38:25 AM PST by sergeantdave
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To: Lancey Howard

Correct, they have not one but several socialist parties, as if one isn’t enough.


30 posted on 04/07/2013 5:21:48 PM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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