News Summary: Portuguese find new ways to protest

News Summary: Austerity triggers novel protests in Portugal as unemployment hits record level

Associated Press

SINGING THE BLUES: Portuguese unhappy about the center-right government's relentless austerity drive are singing loudly at public events to silence senior officials, putting the prime minister's tax number on receipts to boost his tax assessment, and protesting in other novel ways.

NEW LEADERS: Civic movements communicating on social media have to a degree eclipsed trade unions, traditionally in the vanguard of protests.

REASONS TO GROUSE: Portugal faces a third straight year of recession in 2013. Unemployment has hit a record 17.6 percent while tax increases and welfare cuts show no sign of letting up as the government looks for another €4 billion ($5.21 billion) to cut.

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