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(en) Poland, another day at Ozarow

From Zaczek <hydrozag@poczta.onet.pl>
Date Sun, 1 Dec 2002 03:38:55 -0500 (EST)


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The protests continue in Ozarow, even though the number of protesters
is rather small. There was only 60-70 people today, including the
anarchist black block. Despite what the media was announcing,
the liquidation of the factory is far from being physically completed.
So far, little more than 120 trucks have left the factory (39 today).
According to the estimations of the workers, it will take 900 trucks in
total
to transport the complete production lines, materials and stocks
of finished products. This could still take almost a month. So far
the police have promised protection of the transports for 7 days only.
The transports are also protected by private police, many of whom
are foreign (notably from Ukraine).

Since it's not possible to completely block the transports because
of the small number of people (not even all of the 900 ex-workers of
Ozarow participate, not to mention other inhabitants of Ozarow,
who only passively support the action), the tactics so far include
intimidation and harrasment of guards with continual attacks
with stones, fireckrackers, metal projectiles. The protesters have
followed the trucks on the road and attacked their windshields
with stones, and dispersed nails on the road to slow their progress.
So far 6 trucks have been damaged and forced to stop.

The protesters i talked to see their struggle as part of a bigger
struggle against "economic readjustment" and the economic policies
of the last 12 years. It's painfully clear for them that their
goals cannot be achieved with the current level of apathy in
Polish society. However those few ex-workers who keep
on at the protest despite increasingly bad weather (first snows
started today) keep up good spirits despite the cold, police
repression, and the feeling of hopelessness. Their experience
with the the police this last week makes everybody (even
the most soft spoken or most prudish) refer to police
by: "those dogs". It was just too obviously clear for everybody
that the cops were at the service of rich thieves and not
protecting people from the violence of private security thugs.

Zaczek
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