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(en) Poland, Ozarow protest - hot!

From Laure <cube@zigzag.pl>
Date Fri, 29 Nov 2002 17:09:47 -0500 (EST)

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A couple of dozen people from Workers' Initiative and the Anarchist
Federation are fighting in Ozarow with the workers and the weekend promises
to be hot. Already more shock troops of workers' activists from Gdansk
shipyard arrived and attacked the police. Anarchists from Lodz, Warsaw,
Poznan and Silesia are on the spot with people from Bialystok and Szczecin
to come.

In the past few weeks, there has been a couple of incidents with police
using violence against striking workers. The number of strike actions in
Poland are growing. In general, this is because of worsening economic
situation due to increased pressure to restructure industries and what looks
like some concerted efforts to disassemble some industries here. For
example, after France Telecom bought a large share in Polish TPSA, they
started to buy cables from Alcatel instead of Ozarow, although the cables in
Ozarow are not worse than the ones produced by Alcatel. Ozarow just is being
liquidated so the company can restructured and make more money; it had state
of the art equipment which was removed in trucks and brought to Bydgoszcz.
Workers tried in vain to stop the trucks but were attacked by special
forces. In a rare move, Ukrainians and Russians were also used to pacify the

Most people are sympathetic to the workers and there has been a lot of
public support - but mostly in words, not in actions. The repression is
getting such in Poland that ordinary people are usually too afraid.

Last week police sent commandoes in the kindergarten where the children of
the striking workers go --- sending a clear message that they were ready to
stop at nothing and trying to make people think they were putting their own
children at risk by striking.


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