Protest in Poland

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Protest in Poland

Here is the link to the article about photographers protesting absurd regulations.,80269,4765341.html

And here is my translation of the article:

From: Gazeta Wyborcza
Dec. 14, 2007

"Terminal lit by the flashguns".

Dozens of people with photo cameras gathered this Friday in the hall of the railway terminal in Katowice (Poland). "We are here to protest against absurd regulations" - they explained.

The protest was an idea conceived by citizens who did not like the prohibition of photography inside the terminal. (We wrote about it in Tuesday's edition). After the publication, the idea of the protest spread over internet forums. The participants concluded that this Friday they would gather in the main hall and start taking pictures. Even though the placards about prohibition of photography were removed after publication of the press article.

At 3:00 p.m. sharp, everybody took out their cameras and flashes. "The terminal is a public space and nobody can forbid us taking the pictures. The times when we had "strategic objects" are gone" explained Martyna Chrobok, student from Katowice.

The protest had even an international dimension: Carl Cordonion, from France, who came to Katowice to visit his friend, brought his camera to the station as well. "I thought the times of communism were over long time ago. It was then, I presume, when you had regulations like that" - he commented.

Some bystanders joined the "happening" taking pictures with their cellphones. Only the security guards were watching the action from the safe distance.

"You are here to provoke us, but we'll not bite. Pictures can be taken - except of those which will be used for commercial purposes" - explained one of them.

Just few days ago security guards were instructing (against taking photographs) anybody trying to take pictures at the terminal.

"This was a misunderstanding, already resolved, between the management and the security company This matter was settled and, of course, anybody can take photographs for his personal use" - said Michal Wrzosek - spokesman of Polish National Railways.

Source: Gazeta Wyborcza Katowice,80269,4765341.html

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