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Thousands of people demonstrated in the streets of Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal, protesting against austerity measures imposed by the government.

They demanded  the resignation of the government  marching on 25th May from central Lisbon towards the presidential palace. The demonstrators who were prevented from reaching the palace  gathered outside the nearby Monastery of the Jeronimos. They shouted slogans against Troika, which is comprised of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), European Central Bank (ECB) and European Commission (EC).

The protest demonstration was organized by the General Confederation of Portuguese Workers (CGTP), the largest Portuguese union group, which has some 600,000 members. The Portuguese government has been continuing with its austerity measures creating more and more miseries to the workers and people. Portugal’s UGT labor confederation says unions will reject any cuts that affect wages, pensions, or public sector jobs and will continue agitation.