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Portuguese youth take to streets in protest

AP, LISBON

The protest’s manifesto said it wasn’t targeting the country’s embattled government, though many banners at the Lisbon march chided politicians. The demonstration’s aim was to make people aware they have to pull together to change the course of the country.

“We are protesting so that all those to blame for our current uncertainty — politicians, employers and even ourselves — might unite and quickly change this situation, which has become intolerable,” the manifesto said.

After contracting in 2009, Portugal is forecast to record a double-dip recession this year.

The country’s current -economic plight stems from Portugal’s inability to generate wealth while amassing massive public and private debt to finance its western European lifestyle.

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