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Yes. It's a familiar landscape you are describing. There are many similarities to the disaster as it unfolds in Greece, something like Greece on a 6-12 month delay, but with "poorer" starting conditions.
As I have said, it takes only a few months before one realizes that austerity is not an economic prescription, but an act of political, social and economic sabotage...

Is there any ongoing popular reaction to this, protest and/or poll - wise? Are there any extreme-right groups empowered under these circumstances?

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom - William Blake

by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Mon Apr 23rd, 2012 at 06:53:55 PM EST
There have been a few public demonstrations of serious size, but that hasn't yet resulted in a proper political movement. All that is missing is an appropriate leader I guess.

by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]protonmail[dot]ch) on Tue Apr 24th, 2012 at 05:24:45 AM EST
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I think you're creating too much expectations, on that area. Except for football, Portuguese people have rarely rallied after the end of the first Republic, early XX century.

Even for the Carnation Revolution, it had to be the military, unhappy with the war, to actually do the work in the uprising. Notable exception is typically the well organized Communist Party, but even they have some difficulty in organizing truly debilitating general strikes.

These are attributed to Miguel Torga:
«É um fenómeno curioso: o país ergue-se indignado, moureja o dia inteiro indignado, come, bebe e diverte-se indignado, mas não passa disto.Falta-lhe o romantismo cívico da agressão. Somos, socialmente, uma colectividade pacífica de revoltados.»

The gist of it, the last sentence, goes: «Socially, we are a peaceful community of rebellious ones.»

by feijo on Tue Apr 24th, 2012 at 08:49:25 AM EST
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Welcome to ET, feijo.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Apr 24th, 2012 at 09:00:03 AM EST
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Welcome. From what Feijó exactly are you from?

by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]protonmail[dot]ch) on Mon Apr 30th, 2012 at 05:14:11 AM EST
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