housing crisis demonstration in Lisbon
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Hundreds take part in “Right to Housing”demos across country

Plan is for Portugal’s housing crisis to be at centre of election debates

Hundreds of people are currently gathered in Lisbon for the protest for ‘the right to housing’ – a theme that activists, left-wing politicians and many everyday people want to see at the centre of debates in the run-up to elections on March 10.

While the main demonstration is taking place in Lisbon, other protests have been called across the country, including in various parts of the Algarve (Faro, Albufeira, Lagos and Portimão). Elsewhere, smaller protests have been taking place in Porto, Braga, Covilhã, Leiria, Sines, Setúbal, Aveiro, Coimbra, Funchal (Madeira), Évora and Portalegre.

Organised by the Casa Para Viver platform, this movement means to ‘grow’ over the coming weeks, as political parties like Bloco de Esquerda and PCP add their weight to the bottom line message: Portugal needs affordable housing, and cannot go on as things are today, with sky high rents and inflated prices.

According to SIC, thousands are expected in Lisbon by the end of today’s event, to be concluded with concerts performed by a number of national artists.

This is the 3rd protest by the Casa Para Viver platform, a collective of around 100 associations. ND

One of the Bloco de Esquerda’s election posters: “For housing : do not give them any peace”

Source material: Lusa