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I am very angry and sad, but mostly angry!
yesterday was a terrible day for my beautiful city, there were some protests programed against the government, since i work in the center i was mostly annoyed because every time there are protests it is so difficult to get to work, but yesterday turned out to be a very scary thing, i have never seen a protest this violent, it was horrible, anyway since we could not work (we had to keep the store closed) I decided to take some photos, i was too scared to go inside the mess so i did them a little far away

Title:MADNESS
Username:paola1987 paola1987
Uploaded:15 Dec 2010 - 9:35 AM
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paola1987
paola1987  4 Italy
15 Dec 2010 - 9:40 AM

the first photo is a van of the finance police, they also work for public safety, luckily nobody died, actually i think the police was very mild with the people, (maybe a little too mild)

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doodler
doodler  8 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2010 - 9:48 AM

Great shots Paola, the second shot with the trainer is brilliant, its a shame that such a stunning city should have to put up with this kind of actions.

Stay safe...

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podgod
podgod  10494 forum posts Scotland3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2010 - 9:51 AM

Great set, you could not get any further away from your usual type of shot if you tried.

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paola1987
paola1987  4 Italy
15 Dec 2010 - 9:52 AM

Thanks Karl Smile
the second one is in (piazza del popolo) the police closed the entries with the vans, outside was worst

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paola1987
paola1987  4 Italy
15 Dec 2010 - 9:53 AM

I agree Brad, and i hope i don't have the opportunity to do it again

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104017 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2010 - 9:58 AM

sad day indeed... a little poignant that there should be a shop sign with a skull head?

It's starting to get this way in the UK...bring out the water cannons I say.
Stay Safe Smile

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paola1987
paola1987  4 Italy
15 Dec 2010 - 10:03 AM

thanks Jeff, yes I hear about the trouble in London, even the Price Charles was involed?,

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Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2010 - 11:20 AM

You want to stay away from these demos Paola, it's so easy to get sucked in, covered quite a few as a press photographer, was never pleasant.

Dougie

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paola1987  4 Italy
15 Dec 2010 - 12:29 PM

you are a press photographer Dougie? must be interesting job, but i think scary sometimes?
I understand what you say and I agree, but i work there where it happened, so i was already stuck there if i took the pictures or not Sad

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lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2010 - 1:09 PM

Story well told

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MarkBroughton
15 Dec 2010 - 1:19 PM

Scary times, but well captured images, I'd have ran a mile, hope things are settling down now.
Mark

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woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2010 - 2:49 PM

Powerful images, Paola. Not something to get involved with, but you have done an excellent job. V1 is spectacular but V2 has a more haunting feel with the empty shoe lying there. I would be tempted to crop that one to square, removing the left side; but all are good. Please keep yourself safe!
Bill

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paola1987
paola1987  4 Italy
15 Dec 2010 - 2:54 PM

thanks Bill, not to worry, everything ended yesterday evening, today we reopened and worked as normal, it is the christmas period, the most busy, so there is no time for this crazyness!!
Wink

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kopo
kopo  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2010 - 3:19 PM

Fine but frightening image. Common nowadays to see this on TV and in the newspapers. Magnified by the fact that you are a non-press photographer. I am glad you are safe.

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johnnyboy114
15 Dec 2010 - 5:16 PM

Superb work, almost press quality shots. You did well to keep out of the troubles....we saw the images yesterday on TV, and recognised a lot of the city from our travels when on our honeymoon. It was shocking and really unpleasant to see such a beautiful city being treated so badly. I can see why there was so much anger, in the same why I can sympathise and see why there is so much anger in this country at the moment, but when it gets to this kind of level, it goes beyond sympathy.....horrific, but compelling and hugely interesting images Paola. Very, very well caught and another string to your talents.....unfortunate circumstances, but fantastic photographs....

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lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2010 - 6:07 PM

Well done for taking these pictures Paola, a very brave thing to do from any distance. What a awful scenes to see in such a wonderful Country, but you've captured the mood of the event so well.

John .

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paola1987  4 Italy
15 Dec 2010 - 6:07 PM

thankyou John, glad you liked the photos, i agree that there is anger for the political situation in our country, i am angry too, but it does not justify this kind of violence, i hope i will never see this kind of violence again, even though i admit there were good photo opportunities Smile

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paola1987  4 Italy
15 Dec 2010 - 6:10 PM

thankyou John (lifesnapper) hehe 2 Johns Smile
I am glad that the terrible mood shows, i made them b/w for this reason, but i left the fire one in colour because i think it is more dramatic that way

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Shane136  1163 forum posts United Kingdom
16 Dec 2010 - 9:49 AM

Yes well taken, glad you kept safe,number 3 is my fav..
Shane

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Metalhead  61866 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Dec 2010 - 9:50 AM

You were actually there??? I remember seeing this burning van and the Alfa Romeo on our TV news here in the UK! Quite an image, and quite amazing that you were so close to it all...

Well done for keeping your cool and documenting the event.
Chris

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paola1987  4 Italy
16 Dec 2010 - 10:04 AM

thankyou Chris, it was actualy all very near where i work

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JackAllTog e2 Member 53584 forum postsJackAllTog vcard United Kingdom58 Constructive Critique Points
16 Dec 2010 - 1:27 PM

Wow, these are really powerful photo's V3 is the strongest image for me, v1 is dramatic and well presented, v2 is almost sureal which fits the subject perfectly.
Keep safe when you taking these shot, in the UK there is a police tatic called "ketteling" where they surround protestors and any photographers looking like they are in the wrong place and then refuse to allow them to move for hours. I almost got trapped in one of these in london last year.

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Ezo  4 England
19 Dec 2010 - 1:31 PM

Great PJ work there Paola, glad you kept a safe distance, looks like that was serious stuff going off there. Well captured anyhow.
Ant

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reme  10 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2010 - 12:11 AM

Hi Paola, Nice photo and glad you kept away from the vehicles. We have had similar with students rioting about university fee increases in the UK. One of them dropped a fire extinguisher from the top of a building which "luckily" missed the policemen below.

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