Category: Portugal

Gonçalo Romeiro: 5th General Strike In 3 Years To Bring Down Coelho Government

On 27 June, Portugal lived its 5th general strike in two and a half years. It was the fourth general strike against the 2-year old right-wing coalition government (PSD/CDS), and only the 4th since the revolution of April 1974 to unite both Trade Union federations (majority CGTP and smaller UGT) in action. It came as Read more…

Francisco Louçã: Interview with Francisco Louçã, Economist and Leading Member of Portugal’s Left Bloc

Francisco Louçã is an economics professor at Lisbon's Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão. He is the author of numerous books and essays including Ensaio para uma Revolução [Rehearsal of a Revolution]; As Time Goes By — From the Industrial Revolution to the Information Revolution, with Chris Freeman; Portugal Agrilhoado — A Economia Cruel na Read more…

Mark Bergfeld: Portugal: “I Prefer the Horses in My Lasagne to the Donkeys in the Government”

Last Saturday's "Que Se Lixe a Troika" (Fuck the Troika) demonstrations represent a qualitative as well as quantitative shift for the anti-austerity movement in Portugal. In more than 40 towns and cities across Portugal, 1.5 million people (800,000 in Lisbon) took it to the streets against the government's slavish submission to the dictates of the Read more…

Socialistworld.net: New Explosion Against Austerity And The Government

On 2 March, over 1.5 million people reclaimed Portugal’s streets, in what even the media has speculated may have been the country’s biggest ever demonstrations. With 800,000 in Lisbon, 400,000 in Porto, and tens of thousands more in over 30 cities, nationwide, the masses poured onto the streets, under the slogan “Screw the Troika – Read more…

Murray Smith: Greece, Spain Portugal – The Arc Of Resistance To Austerity Hardens

It sometimes seems as if Europe’s sovereign debt crisis has been going on forever. But in fact it really only manifested itself in 2010, a result of the bailing out of private banks with public money and other public spending due to the crisis. And in May of that year Greece became the first country Read more…

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Helen Redmond: The Power and the Beauty of Portuguese Drug Policy

“I really don’t care if people use drugs. I don’t want them to suffer from it.” – João Goulão, president of the Institute on Drugs and Drug Addiction     Portugal is a rogue state. The small country of ten million people on the Mediterranean decriminalized all drug use in 2001. Even the scary hard Read more…

Danny Byrne: General Strike Announced After Biggest Workers’ March In 32 Years

CGTP union organisers claimed that the workers, pensioners and young people, who flooded onto the streets of Lisbon on Saturday 11 February numbered over 300,000. This would make the demo, called against the austerity policies pushed by the right-wing coalition government and Troika, the biggest workers’ march in 32 years, since the revolutionary period of Read more…

Reuters: Portugal Holds General Strike Against Austerity Measures

Portuguese workers launched a general strike Thursday to protest against austerity measures imposed as the price of an EU bailout designed to keep Portugal afloat and stem a deepening euro zone debt crisis. Planes were grounded, trains halted and public services interrupted as workers across the nation of 11 million protested against job losses, tax Read more…

jorge costa: The Left Bloc and Resistance Across Europe

A major European Conference Against Austerity is slated for London on 1 October, as part of building and coordinating a set of mobilizations across the fall in Europe. A key zone for the anti-austerity struggle is Portugal. The administration of José Sócrates, of the ‘Third Wayist’ Partido Socialista, was already moving toward sharp public sector Read more…

Ricardo Sa ferreira: Left Blocked

What will the ‘bailout’ mean for ordinary people in Portugal? The ‘bailout’ is not financial help, it is extortion – it is going to give them a €520 million profit after they intervene in the Portuguese economy. The Portuguese people know this, but the hegemonic discourse dictates that it is ‘inevitable’ and without this package, Read more…

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