"Yellow vest" protesters organized demonstrations in Lisbon and Braga amid a heightened security presence on Friday, December 21, demanding lower taxes and denouncing perceived government corruption. Dozens of demonstrators reportedly clashed with police in a public square in downtown Lisbon; protesters also obstructed roads in Braga on Friday morning (local time). Similar protests are possible in Portugal over the coming days and weeks. Further clashes between protesters and police as well as localized traffic disruptions cannot be ruled out near demonstration sites.
The protests are inspired by the "yellow vest" protests in France, which began on November 17 to denounce a fuel tax hike as well as to call for increased social protections and minimum wage hikes. Related protests have spread to other European and Arab nations in recent weeks, with demonstrators denouncing a broad range of perceived economic and political issues affecting their respective countries.
Individuals in Portugal, particularly those in Lisbon and Braga, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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