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In pictures: Unemployed Portuguese youth take to the streets -- to dance

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Alberto Perdomo, 22, dances during a street performance in downtown Lisbon Aug. 1, 2012. Mr. Perdomo is one of five hip hop dancers forced by lack of work to head out to the streets to support themselves.

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The men used to earn their living by dancing at festivals and teaching students. From left: Elizeu Carlos, 22, Dionisio Jordao, 25, Ivan Silva, 24, Frank David, 28, and Mr. Perdomo.

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Mr. Perdomo poses after a performance. In Portugal’s deep recession, which began in late 2010, students and festival gigs are hard to find.

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Dionisio Jordao dances on a downtown street. To comply with the terms of its €78-billion bailout, Portugal has implemented austerity measures, including spending cuts and tax increases.

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Mr. Jordao joined the street dancing group after jobs became scarcer over the past two years. Consumer spending has fallen dramatically during the recession.

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Frank David displays his dance moves as a crowd gathers. The Portuguese economy is contracting and unemployment is growing, particularly among young people.

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Mr. David poses after his performance. The OECD predicts the Portuguese economy will shrink by 3.2 per cent this year and 0.9 per cent in 2013.

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Ivan Silva dances during a performance. The government has forecast an unemployment rate for all age groups of 15.5 per cent this year, and 16 per cent in 2013.

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Mr. Silva poses after his performance. More than 35 per cent of Portuguese under age 25 are currently unemployed.

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Elizeu Carlos shows off his dancing skills for a handful of spectators.

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Mr. Carlos poses on the sidelines. As part of its mandated austerity measures, Portugal’s government must cut unemployment benefits for some groups, curb holidays, reduce overtime pay and trim severance requirements.

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Dionisio Jordao takes his turn during the group’s performance.

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Mr. Jordao poses near the performance site. Earlier this month, doctors and nurses in Portugal went on strike briefly to protest the spending cuts.

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The dancers count their money after their performance.

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