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US protester deported from Slovakia

Anti-globalization activists organized protest against WTO on Friday 11/9/2001 in Bratislava, the capitol of Slovakia. After brutal police action 8 activists were arrested and one protester from Portland deported from the country.
(The following is a free translation of www.changenet.sk article - link below)

Anti-globalization activists organized protest against WTO on Friday 11/9/2001 in Bratislava, the capitol of Slovakia. After brutal police action 8 activists were arrested and one protester from Portland deported from the country.

Barrett Richard Chaix is citizen of the United States, from Portland. He is 24 and graduated from Reed College, Portland majoring in international politics. He works in the field of sociological and political research. He is active in many organizations and came to Slovakia three weeks ago to visit his friends.

"I protested against WTO in the United States in Seattle. When I heard that there was going to be a protest against WTO in Bratislava, I wanted to participate," said Chaix. As he seid, he just joined a non-violent demonstation against WTO meeting last Friday.

According to police, Chaix was deported from the country, because his action was too dangerous for public. His dangerous act was supposed to be climbing on the trading building and holding sign saying "Capitalism is organized crime". (please see  http://www.changenet.sk/spravy/show.asp?smid=4805&mid=7 for pictures)

"After I was arrested, they took me to the police station. Since I was injured I asked for a doctor. I was taken to the hospital. They took care of my injuries, but I haven't receive any documentation from the doctor neither from police." While he is speaking about 10 hour he spent at police station, he is showing his injuries on the head, arms and right leg.

"When I was taken to the police station, police didn't allow me to call American Embassy, because I was not arrested for a felony, just a misdemeanour. There were three cops and one woman. The ywere asking me many questions, but I refused to answer anything which wasn't related to the arrest. Our conversation was translated by a cop, whom I didn't trust."

After the hearing he was taken to the jail. "After an hour another cop came, took me out and gave me a ride to the border. There I was said that I have to leave the country. I was wearing only my jacket, all my belongings were at my friend's. Finally the agreed and took me back and I was allowed to bring my bag and leave the country by 6am on Saturday morning."

Chaix is not allowed to come back to Slovakia until NOvemebr 9, 2002. All other activists were released without any fines. Chaix said that he will appeal since he did not comit any crime.

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