About a hundred people, allegedly residents of the Jamaican Quarter, in Seixal, Setúbal, demonstrated on Monday afternoon 21st January in protest in front of the Ministry of Internal Administration (MAI), in Praça do Comércio, in Lisbon, for say “enough” to police violence and “down with racism.”
At 1715 hours demonstrators demobilized from the area in front of the MAI in Commerce Square, but continued in downtown Lisbon and there were several incidents, with police firing rubber bullets into the air in the roundabout area the Marquis of Pombal and Avenida da Liberdade, to disperse the protesters because some individuals threw some stones at police officers and even at civilian vehicles.
During these actions four demonstrators were detained.
After the incidents quieted the PSP, told reporters that the bullets were shot “in the air” in response to the stone throwing by the protesters.
A spokesman for the PSP said that when police “tried to lead the demonstrators in order to free one of the Avenida da Liberdade avenues to allow the circulation of the cars” they started throwing stones at the agents who “had to intervene”.
The same source said that some police suffered “minor injuries.
The demonstration was called through social networks like Facebook, by the Black Consciousness movement.