Portuguese yellow vest protest flops, fails to block traffic
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A nationwide protest in Portugal that seeks to emulate France’s yellow vest movement has fallen flat, with few people turning out.
Portuguese protesters are attempting to disrupt morning rush-hour traffic at various locations across the country Friday, but they are far outnumbered by police.
The protest grew out of a Facebook page that aims to give voice to people angry about the state of the country.
Organizers say the Portugal Yellow Vest Movement is non-violent and not aligned with any political party, though at least one fringe party was conspicuous at a demonstration in Lisbon.
A manifesto includes a long list of demands, from lower taxes to higher unemployment benefits, better public health care and an end to real estate speculation.
France’s protest movement turned radical and violent.