Authorities laid on heavy security for the visit, but the marches drew only a few hundred people, unlike in Athens and Madrid, where demonstrations have drawn tens of thousands and sometimes become violent. Some hooded protesters pushed over a barricade keeping them away from a venue where Merkel was due to appear, and riot police with shields and dogs were deployed to push demonstrators back.Merkel praised Portugal's coalition government for complying with the terms of its bailout agreement. Germany and other bailout lenders â¿¿ the other eurozone countries, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank â¿¿ are keen for Portugal to stay the course, sparing the continent more difficulties like those in Greece.
Merkel Risks Protests In Visit To Portugal
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