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(en) Portugal, the anti-OSCE demo 7th Dec. in Oporto (pt)

From anarcho@geocities.com
Date Mon, 9 Dec 2002 11:59:06 -0500 (EST)

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The demos details were decided in the eve.
There was a general assembly where people 
discussed how to perform the protests.
In the early morning of the last day of OSCE 
meeting, about 7:00 am, a group of some 50 
to 60 people gathered together at some point of 
old Porto and began marching downwards to
 the security perimeter.
The group was seem by some cars and by police 
motorcycles that passed by without any aggressive 
behaviour from the demonstrators.
At a point, the people were stopped by a barrier 
and two dozens riot-cops.
The demonstrators kept away from the barrier, not 
trying to overcome it, as it was decided that this 
action thought disobedient would not be violent.
The demonstrators were surprised by the 
un-announced charge of the riot-cops, which has 
taken them by surprise and didn?t make any 
resistance but just tried to run away. During the 
charge a photo-journalist was caught
by the cops and taken under prison in spite of 
having shown her credentials.
The police brutal behaviour can be seen in a tv 
report by the state television, RTP. In this, it is 
visible that the riot-cops run after the flying 
demonstrators beating and capturing them savagely 
without any reason; they were not opposing any 
resistance, just running away.
There were 15 injured, 2 more severely had to 
have hospital assistance, and 10 arrested. From 
those the woman journalist was the first to be 
released, perhaps due to the solidarity of the 
journalists present in the OSCE conference
who lay their photo and video cameras on the 
entrance floor and threatened not to cover the 
summit if the reporter was not immediately 
It is ironical that this happened the day OSCE 
was discussing declarations on civil liberties, 
free speech and fighting terrorism, of course 
not saying a word on the State terrorism 
that is being promoted by themselves.
In the hours after this clash, the people 
dispersed but went downtown with
posters and banners in the most crowded 
pedestrian street of the commercial
quarter. There the public was informed with 
speeches and with leaflets of the action and 
about state repression. There were many 
cops in civil clothes but they didn?t dare to 
make any provocations. 
In the early afternoon about one hundred 
people met in the central place 
(Liberty place) of Porto. The ASP had called 
a press-conference there. 
Various papers and tv?s send reporters there 
to interview the activists.
The situation was calm and there was only 
some un-uniformed cops taking
lots of photos from the activists.
In the evening news some tvs have shown 
some brief moments of these
actions; some more detailed news were 
published by the written press.
The ASP was formed in mid October as an 
anti-authoritarian coalition
aimed at denouncing  state terrorist order 
that the OSCE governments are
installing all over Europe.
More infos on ASP and the OSCE meeting 
can be found in the following links


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