We pulled off something really f*****g great here in Lisbon today.
800 dockers from all over Europe and some 400 sympathizers marched through the narrow city streets. We made a lot of noise but acted with dignity and discipline when police provocators with masks and riot gear tried to instigate violence. There is no doubt that the Government and the employers were shaken.
First the politicians said there were no internationals present, but it was hard to deny when big delegations turned up with their flags all the way from northern Finland, through the giant ports of Antwerp, Le Havre, Fos, Valencia, Barcelona, Tenerife all the way to Cyprus and the Azores.