Portuguese yellow vest protest flops, fails to block traffic

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Protestors sit down on the road to block traffic at Marques de Pombal main roundabout in Lisbon Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in Lisbon. A nationwide protest in Portugal that seeks to emulate France's yellow vest movement has fallen flat, with few people turning out. Portuguese protesters attempting to disrupt morning rush-hour traffic at various locations across the country were far outnumbered by police. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

A nationwide protest in Portugal that seeks to emulate France's yellow vest movement has fallen flat, with few people turning out.

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Portuguese protesters are attempting to disrupt morning rush-hour traffic at various locations across the country Friday, but they are far outnumbered by police.

The protest grew out of a Facebook page that aims to give voice to people angry about the state of the country.

Organizers say the Portugal Yellow Vest Movement is non-violent and not aligned with any political party, though at least one fringe party was conspicuous at a demonstration in Lisbon.

A manifesto includes a long list of demands, from lower taxes to higher unemployment benefits, better public health care and an end to real estate speculation.

France's protest movement turned radical and violent.