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Genoa solidarity protests
23 July 2001 - 300 people converged in Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Oregon today to protest against the G8 Summit, and to voice their opposition to the brutal and violent behavior of Italian law enforcement during the last few days, especially the death of Carlo Giuliani, a 23 year old activist, at police hands.
Organizers gathered over 100 signatures on a letter to the Italian Consul in Portland, and--after marching to the World Trade Center--attempted to deliver it to the Consulate.
However, security at the building would not let anyone in, even though the organizers had secured an appointment. An authority figure there promised to deliver it to the Consulate office. Organizers will follow up later this week to make sure that it was delivered.
Afterwards, a contigent of about 40 black bloc took over the street in front of the Police Station, and marched through downtown. Two males were arrested in Pioneer Square for unknown reasons, and activists held a rally outside the courthouse to demand their release.
The Pacific Green Party and the Liberation Collective were two of the main organizers of the event, which showed how there can be fruitful cooperation between Greens and anarchists
Italian Consulate in Edinburgh, Scotland, 11:41am Mon Jul 23 '01
A brief report on an action at the Italian Consulate in Edinburgh As a visual manifestation of our disgust and resentment for the police assassins and the authority they protect, on Saturday night (21,07,01)around 35 people visited the Italian Consulate in Edinburgh, Scotland, for a spontaneous demonstration.
The word 'murder' was scrawled across the front of the building and some slogans were painted against the police assassins, against murder and we left banners demanding justice for our dead comrade. We dispersed before the police arrived.
It is important to make clear that scores of people have been murdered for opposing the institutions of global capital, it's just that most of them have been shot in poorer countries (Bolivia, Colombia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia etc.).
We don't hear much about that because the powers that be want to pretend their institutions are only hated by a few extremists in rich countries and because they give even less of a fuck about some troublesome Colombian than they do about a brave homeless Italian.
At the Italian consulate we remembered all those killed in the struggles against exploitation and oppression. The movements for freedom and equality have too many martyrs
What's your opinion on the protest?
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