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Thousands of people mobilized this Friday in Montevideo, capital of Uruguay, called by the national central union PITCNT in the framework of the Continental Day for Democracy and Against Neoliberalism. The main speaker at the event was Brazilian elected president, Dilma Rousseff.
Several unions that are part of PITCNT and the social organizations that invited people to participate in today´s mobilization, among them REDES-Friends of the Earth Uruguay, flooded Montevideo´s downtown with people during the morning. People marched for approximately 8 blocks and then listened to the ousted Brazilian president. Before her, the Secretary General of PITCNT, Marcelo Abdala and the Chair of the workers´ union, Fernando Pereira also spoke.
This Friday was a key moment for the mobilizations around the Continental Day for Democracy and against Neoliberalism, called by tens of organizations and popular movements of the Americas as a demonstration process to take place throughout the year, but with November 4 as its main day. Activities in several cities of the continent are taking place in the framework of this day.
Back in Montevideo, and in the afternoon, there was an event at PITCNT headquarters, where in addition to Dilma Rousseff and union leaders, Karin Nansen, coordinator at REDES-Friends of the Earth Uruguay also took the floor.
During the march, social activists expressed their concern over the news of ten Civil Police vehicles of Sao Paulo city raiding the Florestan Fernandes National School of the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) of Brazil. The police officers blocked the entrance to the school and jumped over the reception desk shooting into the air. This action was not an isolated event. In Paraná, Santa Catarina and Mato Grosso do Sul state, the Civil Police also raided several venues and arrested MST activists without arrest warrants.
Below you´ll find a video and a photo gallery by Real World Radio after the demonstration and the different events that were carried out this Friday in Montevideo.
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