Portugal highway toll booths torched, shots fired in apparent anti-austerity protest

LISBON, Portugal — Portuguese authorities say unidentified attackers torched highway toll booths and shot at an employee in what police suspect is part of ongoing protests against new charges for road users.

The government last week introduced tolls on four highways as part of austerity measures it agreed to in return for a €78 billion ($101.5 billion) bailout earlier this year.

Police told national news agency Lusa that attackers set fire to an unmanned toll booth in the southern Algarve region late Tuesday. An employee called to the scene suffered slight injuries from a gunshot.

Another toll booth in the same region was damaged by arson and gunfire on Monday night.

Portugal has not so far witnessed any violent street demonstrations against the austerity measures.
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