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    Posted November 15, 2012 by
    TTeixeira
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    Lisbon, Portugal
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Europe's financial crisis

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    Lisbon: General Strike 14.N

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     iReporter TTeixeira captured this video of whistling anti-austerity protesters outside Portugal's parliament building in the capital, Lisbon, on Wednesday night. "The atmosphere was of resistance to the austerity measures," she said. "They chanted slogans against the government and the troika [European Union, European Central Bank and IMF]. You could hear people singing everywhere 'this debt is not ours!'" The protests later turned violent as demonstrators began throwing stones and empty bottles and police responded, she said. Our iReporter ran away from the scene after "the police marched against the people, beating them."
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    Portugal had one of the biggest general strikes of all time. People met downtown at Praça do Rossio and from there, they marched to the Parliament shouting against the government ant Troika. Once at the Parliament, some political speeches were done and the official street protest was dismissed by CGTP, the trade union and one of the organizers of the general strike. However, people remained in front of the Parliament for a couple of hours more. The metal rails that prevented the access to the stairs of Parliament were once again thrown down, people also threw bottles and stones to the police force. The protests ended in a violent way with people being beaten by the police and getting injured and some caught and sent to jail. Trash containers and other public objects were burnt adding to the street protest a violent atmosphere.

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