More than 1m people from 40 cities throughout Portugal took to the streets on March 2 in a series of demonstrations organised by the non-partisan movement known as Que se lixe a troika (Fuck the troika). Organisers say around 800,000 marched in Lisbon alone.

"The people give the orders" was the slogan most-often written on posters and chanted during demonstrations, which ended with the protesters singing Grândola, Vila Morena, a song linked to the Portuguese revolution of April 25, 1974.

During the austerity protests, demonstrators called on Pedro Passos Coelho’s government to resign and for the troika, currently in Lisbon conducting the seventh review of the bailout programme, to leave the country.