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    Posted December 11, 2012 by
    TTeixeira
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    What was your best moment of 2012?

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    Portugal: street protests

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     iReporter Teresa Teixeira is a teacher and a freelance photographer from Lisbon, Portugal. For the past two years she has been doing photo journalism on a regular basis. She started attending the Occupy Lisbon movement events in Lisbon back in October, 2011.

    “I try to be present at every event,” she said.

    “That night there was a feeling of revolt in the air. It's difficult to explain, but we could feel it. Street protests were growing in number during the last weeks. It was as if people believed that they could change the course of things,” she added.

    Teresa took the photo on October 31, the night that the Portuguese government was approving the budget for 2013.

    “When people outside realized that the budget had been approved in spite of their protests, they grew more violent, insulting the government, throwing stones to the force of police around the Parliament trying to prevent people from climbing the stairs to invade the parliament. “People incited the police to join them and as the police did not reply, they started to burn banners and other objects. You could feel the emotional appeal and it was then two Anonymous took their self portrait in front of a big fire.”
    - stinabacker, CNN iReport producer

    Throughout the year 2012, there were many street protests in Portugal. People protested against the government and austerity measures. On October 31, activists and civilians congregated in front of parliament and protested against the approval of the budget for 2013 trying to influence the government. This was intended to be a peaceful movement, but when people realized that the budget had been approved in spite of their public protest, they became more violent and the feeling of revolt was in the air. People started burning banners and other objects. This photograph shows that moment with two Anonymous making a self-portrait in front of the fire...

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