LISBON - About 40,000 people marched in Portugal on Saturday as part of a global day of protest against the financial elite and hundreds broke through a police cordon around the parliament in Lisbon to occupy its broad marble staircase.
It was one of the biggest turn-outs in any country and followed the center-right government's announcement on Thursday of a new batch of austerity measures.More than 20,000 people marched in Lisbon from central Marques de Pombal square to surround the Sao Bento Palace housing the National Assembly.
"This debt is not ours!" and "IMF, get out of here now!", they chanted.