Hard times in Portugal

Today while Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, many thousands of Portuguese will take to the streets and protest the economic hard times the country is experiencing. Today is a national strike, which means that most public services are completely shut down.

Living here for more than a year now, it is easy to see the effects of the crisis on the lives of families here. Unemployment is high (over 13%), taxes are up (dramatically), sales tax has been raised yet again (most items are now taxed at 23%), and public services have been slashed. While much of the measures the Portuguese government is taking are long overdue and desperately needed, it still does not make it any easier for people here to survive.

Despite the hardship, people here are mostly resigned to the fact and have taken these measures peacefully unlike Greece. Below is an interesting video that describes what is going on here:

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