- Posted November 15, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Europe's financial crisis
Lisbon: General Strike 14.N
- 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.