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Thousands march against austerity in Portugal

A protester holds a banner with the word Troika during a demonstration entitled 'Damn the Troika!' against the government's austerity policies, in downtown Porto, Portugal, October 26, 2013. (EPA/RICARDO CASTELO)

Thousands march against austerity in Portugal

Thousands of people have marched in Lisbon to protest the austerity measures the government has been compelled to adopt in return for a 78 billion euro ($105.6 billion) bailout reached in 2011.

Saturday's march to Parliament, which was peaceful, was in support of a civic movement called "Screw the Troika."

Troika refers to the three bailout creditors — Portugal's fellow eurozone members, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund — that have helped Portugal during its financial crisis. (AP)