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Anti-Government Protests in Portugal

March 17, 1985|From Reuters

LISBON — Tens of thousands of workers called Saturday for the resignation of Portugal's Socialist-Social Democratic government as they marched through Lisbon and other cities to protest government economic policies.

The rallies were organized by the country's main union grouping, the Communist-led CGTP-Intersindical, and were the latest of several mass protests staged by CGTP against the 20-month-old government.

The marchers protested proposed new labor legislation and government plans to restructure money-losing public companies by opening them up to private capital.

They also opposed recent sharp rises in the prices of food and public services and a government bill to lift a freeze on rents and set annual increases linked to inflation.

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