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Genoa: Indymedia compilation
More reports of Italy Indymedia and Genoa Social Forum raid, posted at Indymedia 22nd July 2001
Brutal GSF-Indymedia Genoa raid. Huge compilation of reports photos video sound. G8 summit, July 2001. http://sf.indymedia.org
There are also copies at: http://chicago.indymedia.org
Genoa. Many eyewitness reports of police raid of Italy Indymedia Center
- GSF. "Many injuries, much blood. Many eyewitness reports of July 22,
2001 police raid (around midnight) on Italy Indymedia Center and also
other Genoa Social Forum (GSF) buildings nearby and across the street.
Genoa. StarHawk's eyewitness report of midnight raids of Italy Indymedia
- GSF. Yet another great eyewitness report. http://www.zmag.org/day_two.htm
Detailed eyewitness account of raid on indymedia. By Francisco
video - police raid GSF/IMC. kanalB SPEZIAL G8 genua 2001. Videos
of raid and much more. http://kanalb.de/spezial-genua2001/
Photos. Police violence leaves caked blood all over floor of
converted school sleeping space. http://uk.indymedia.org,
Press Conference, Genoa Social Forum. Brutality. UK Indymedia reporter in coma. July 22, 2001. http://sf.indymedia.org/display.php?id=102135
Agence France-Presse on Italy IMC, GSF raid.
The face of the new global fascism, complete with Mussolini-worshipping
police. Several good reports and photos of the brutal police raid of
Italy Indymedia and Genoa Social Forum on July 22, 2001. www.stopwhalekill.org/genoa.html
Many of the good Agence France-Presse reports are showing up here:
BBC. Eyewitness: Genoa police raid. The BBC's Bill Hayton in
Detailed press coverage of Italy Indymedia, Genoa Social Forum raid
brutality. A pair of excellent UK Guardian articles detailing July 22,
2001 Italy Indymedia and Genoa Social Forum raid, brutality, injuries,
torture, arrest numbers, world outrage, names, political responses,
Horrific raid on GSF and IMC Genoa : Report. "As to the 'weapons' they
found in the school, the place was as we said earlier was under repair,
a small section blocked off and littered with pipes and building materials
etc.. Like us they too had knives (and forks!) for cooking and eating."
Genoa Social Forum (GSF) is the umbrella organization that was the
main organizer of the peaceful G8 rallies, marches, and educational
events. To coincide with the G8 summit meeting July 20-22, 2001. Over
a thousand groups eventually worked with GSF.
GSF could not search all the people that came and went frequently from
their open forums, rallies, sleeping areas, organizing areas, etc..
GSF DID try to get the more militant groups to agree not to do any violent
direct action at GSF events.
Genoa Social Forum. PUBLIC FORUM "ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE." July 16-22, 2001 calendar of events, forums, roundtables, speakers. Before and during G8 summit in Genoa. Proof of the broad spectrum of groups involved. http://www.genoa-g8.org/gpf-eng.htm
Genoa Social Forum nonviolence. One Page.
Here is one page below where the links in the comment above are compiled:
Genoa Social Forum promotes NONVIOLENCE. "Weapons" found at
brutal police raid July 22, 2001. Building materials at GSF site under
repair. GSF is the main umbrella organization that organized the PEACEFUL
marches and educational events during the G8 summit. Webpage links here
to prove it. Police lies are exposed concerning weapons. Broad spectrum
of over 1000 groups that GSF coordinated is shown. http://sf.indymedia.org/
imc raid ...personal reflections. "It turns out that she was a member
of parliament and had been on the first floor when the cops came in.
On her floor, the first room was completely trashed, monitors smashed,
hard disks were ripped out of all the computers, and papers were scattered.
Some Indymedia sites are offline at times. Try the other Indymedia sites at those times. Also try non-Indymedia links in the thread above and in the links below.
Police raid sleeping, protesters injure dozens (photo). by Devin Asch
3:38am Sun Jul 22 '01. "Blood stains in the gsf building (across the
street from IMC)where protesters were severely beaten. More than twenty
were badly injured and taken from the building on stretchers. The number
of arrests in has not been released." This is the probable first source
for the bloody photo that many Indymedia sites are using. http://italy.indymedia.org
German green MP Hans-Christian Ströbele in Genoa. "The member
of the german parliament, Hans-Christian Ströbele of Alliance 90/The
Greens will travel to Genoa on wednesday, July 25th. He wants to gain
information about the treatment and state of health of the arrested
german demonstrators in Genoa. According to several press reports arrested
demonstrators had been beaten and tortured in the prisons by italian
police forces. ...
Blicero - The Day After. "In English - Runs 5:24. ... This is an mp3 audio file with Blicero, a coordinator with the Genoa IMC, from an appearance he made on the IMC radio webfeed at approx. 1330 7/22/01. ... The second half is a compelling first-hand summary of the police violence that took place last night at the IMC and school across the street. Recorded off a microradio air signal rebroadcasting the IMC Radio webfeed." http://freeteam.nl/blicero.mp3 http://www.indymedia.org
Reporters Sans Frontieres denounce violence against the press.
Text is in french. RSF - Lettre de protestation - 24 juillet 2001 -
Italie. "ITALIE - Sommet du G8 ŕ Gęnes. Au moins seize journalistes
sérieusement blessés." And in English: "ITALY. G8 Summit in Genoa. At
least 16 journalists seriously injured." It is not clear to me (or my
French is not good enough) how many of the 16 journalists were injured
at the brutal IMC-GSF raid which is also mentioned in the article. Photos
are in the rsf.org link. http://www.indymedia.org/,
UK Indymedia front page says "Fifty-one people were injured in the raid, 31 were taken to hospital, and three required surgery." http://uk.indymedia.org/
The front page of Italy Indymedia says 50 people were taken away, nearly all to the hospital first. Other reports say around 90 people were arrested at the combined July 22, 2001 (just after midnight), raids of the Genoa Social Forum buildings which housed the GSF media center (press office, Italy Indymedia, Radio Gap, ManifestoCarta, ...) and into the building opposite to it where most of the vicious unprovoked police beatings occurred.
From the front page of Italy Indymedia:
Genoa - a police officer tells what happened. English translation of
one of the Italian newspaper articles is at the first Indymedia link
below. One of the Italian newspaper article sources below has many more
links in the column to the right of the source article.
Outrage mounts over police action at G8. Reuters. "Witness accounts of brutal beatings have appeared in media throughout Europe and criticisms from parliamentarians and human rights groups have poured into Italy ... The other inquiries focus on a police raid on a school used as sleeping quarters of umbrella protest group the Genoa Social Forum (GSF)." http://www.indymedia.org/
NORTH AMERICAN MEDIA SILENT ON MASSIVE POST-G8 ITALIAN PROTESTS.
"European news sources confirm that approximately 150,000 people marched
through the city centre's of Rome (approx. 50,000), Milan (approx. 45,000),
Balogna (approx. 15,000), Florence (approx. 6,000), Genoa (approx. 5,000),
Napoli (approx. 5,000), Palermo (approx. 2,000), Trieste (approx. 2,000)
and a number of others, bringing the total number of participating cities
to about thirty." http://uk.indymedia.org
An anonymous police officer tell about G8s "chilean night" when the school (where GSF was) was raided. The italian newspaper La Repubblica brings an interview with the police officer.
Genoa - a police officer tells what happened An anonymous police officer tell about G8s "chilean night" when the school (where GSF was) was raided. The italian newspaper La Repubblica brings an interview with the police officer. This is an attempt at translating that article
He says: "I'm sorry to say that it's all true. Even more. I can still feel the smell from those hours, the smell from the arrested's fecies, those who didn't get to go to the toilet. But that night started a week before when hundreds of agents of the prison police arrived."
This is the first time someone inside the police who was there talks
about what happened. Our source tells that "within the police force
there's still lots of fascism, we have many easily influenced young
people, and many of us applauded what happened that night. But all the
mess (refers to what happened to the arrested after the raid, t.n.)
was the prison police's doing."
The transformation of the barracs in Bolzaneto into a "lager" (prisoncamp) starts monday when a special unit arrives - a unit already infamous because of its excessive use of force in the Opera-prison intervention. They had just arrived (...) and take immediately control over parts of the barrack - the part that for weeks had been made into a prison, with an infirmary, for the arrested at the G8.
The gym was transformed into an arrival- and identification centre.
All the detained protesters are brought here, those who have documents
showe them, they take fingerprints of everyone. Beside the gym, next
to the tennis court there is a litte house that has been renovated just
for the summit and turned into a regular prison. At the entrance there
are to big open rooms that serve as a waiting room. it was here Genovas
ass. chief in the Digos (special polic eunit) spent saturday night until
sunday morning with carabinieri and other police officers.
That night. "The main gate opened continuously - tells the policeofficer
- out of the vans came youth while getting a beating. They made them
stand against the wall. When they came in they smashed their heads against
the wall. They peed on someone, others were beaten if they didn't sing
And you, the others? "There weren't many of us. Most were still in Genoa to guard the red zone. Still, there were people who accepted what happened, while others intervened, like this inspector that stopped the beating of a man by saying "this is not your house". And there were those like me that maybe didn't do enough, and that today are ashamed."
And if the prison police hadn't been there? "I don't think it would have gone that far. Our commandante is a hard man, but of the old school, those who know what honour is and that knows how to educate his men, we call him Rommel."
What happened to the democratic police officers? "We're still many - answers the police officer - but today we're both afraid and shameful."
Well, it looks like Italy will soon get some links on this Death Squad web page below. The intelligence agencies, "anti-terrorist" police, national police, paramilitaries, private security, private investigators, and other shadowy, nearly unaccountable organizations worldwide have many close ties. Often corporate ones.
Much of the killing in Latin America today is from legal corporate-controlled PRIVATE security, illegal corporate-controlled paramilitaries, and corruption of all the organizations mentioned above, usually from drug money. The rightwing usually makes more money from drugs than the leftwing.
The key factor to getting away with murder is to define an "enemy"
in terms that allow people not to care about those killed. Terms such
as "anti-capitalist" or "drug pusher." Both of which are untrue characterizations.
*Drug War, Death Squad LINKS worldwide. Revised. Huge LINKS list. Lists
in alphabetical and chronological order. Other death squads, too. Such
as the US-run Phoenix Program during the Vietnam war. Many other US-run
death squads worldwide. Corruption at all levels of politics, police,
society, government, etc.. http://www.angelfire.com/rnb/y/squads.htm
video of the police raid of the GSF and IMC - Genoa. Rooftop video of police invading. Quite scary. http://sf.indymedia.org/display.php?id=102463 http://sf.indymedia.org/local/webcast/uploads/imc2.ram
Exclusive! The first interview with the UK Indymedia reporter still
in a Genoa hospital. BBC radio 4 succeeded in interviewing an emotional
Marcus as he lay in hospital. The interview with Marcus 'Sky’ Covell
can be heard via Real media. "It's a horrible thing when you hear your
The BBC's Jackie Rowley reports. 4 British G8 protesters beaten in July 21/22 overnight raid of Genoa Social Forum. Released from Genoa jail and arriving in Heathrow (spelling?) airport in England. Interviews. Audio and video. Excellent. Shows bandaged broken wrist, head bandages, etc..Audio:http://news.bbc.co.uk
Evidence prompts calls for Italian Govt to explain G8 police brutality.
Australian Broadcasting Company. "In Britain, the press carried extensive
coverage of the testimony of four activists who flew home Thursday local
time after four days in detention, as well as another - Mark Covell
- who is still too ill to leave hospital in Genoa.
Letter from a man whose daughter was tortured by Italian police.
Heartbreaking letter translated from Italian to English. Daughter had
been severely beaten at brutal Genoa Social Forum raid. Her father had
come to Genoa to search for her and had narrowly avoided getting beaten
himself on the streets. http://uk.indymedia.org/
Interview with journalist Wagenschein reporting Genoa jail conditions.
"german journalist Kirsten Wagenschein ... after five days in an Italian
prison ... Genoa Social Forum ... half of the seventy people arrested
were injured; many were lying on the floor with head injuries and covered
in blood, and hardly moved anymore, they only moaned. Blood was everywhere.
Broken bones, lost teeth, punctured lungs, many head injuries, bruises all over, continuous torture in jails and raids, world outrage (at least in the European media). < P>UK. Guardian Unlimited | Archive Search for Guardian and Observer articles. Search for "g8" and sort by date to see the latest news. Archive goes back several years. Copy any recent articles of interest right away and post them everywhere you can. Under "fair use" laws it is legal to post them at Indymedia because Indymedia is nonprofit. Try to comment on the article posted. Don't allow any lack of information, or any bogus spin to go unnoticed. Don't forget to include the URL web address for the original article location. This is important so people can verify the article is real. http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive
UK. Guardian. July 27, 2001. 'I thought my God, this is it, I'm going
to die.' Article excerpts: "Then he was beaten for a second time. 'I
heard my ribs break, like snapping matchsticks. I was still conscious
at this stage. They take a running jump at you like kicking a football.'
Somebody dragged him by the neck to the front of the school and he was
beaten again. ... He had five broken ribs, some of which pierced his
lung and possibly a ruptured spleen. He has not been able to stand up
since and lost 10 teeth. ... 'I want the carabinieri charged with attempted
murder. I didn't mind their beating me the first time but the second
and third time they tried to kill me'." http://www.indymedia.org/,
Updated list of cities with demonstrations. by Giovanni (on behalf
of ztarratz) 11:59pm Fri Jul 27 '01. email@example.com
While the G8 leaders mouth platitudes about token AIDS donations and token development aid and token debt relief, their International Monetary Fund and World Bank continue to pillage and plunder these nations. Far more is extracted from these nations in debt payments than is given to these nations.
There is NOTHING generous about most loans to nations. Most are just to keep these nations under corporate control and to keep them from doing what any individual debtor in most rich nations can do: DECLARE BANKRUPTCY AND STOP PAYING. This is the single most effective tool to keep banks from making bad loans to unprepared individuals, unworthy entrepreneurs, propped-up dictators, and second and third world puppets.
The citizens of these nations did NOT sign these loans. Elections in
most of these poor nations are less democratic than even the sham Berlusconi-style,
Bush-style, corporate-mega-media-controlled elections in rich nations.
Investment is far better than a loan. Investment is a risk that requires INVOLVEMENT. Loans without bankruptcy rights are slavery. Pay for and strictly monitor infrastructure improvements. For free. Don't "loan" the infrastructure money to a puppet and his Swiss and other foreign bank accounts. That only helps the rich in the nations with the banks.
Drop the Debt. http://www.dropthedebt.org
Jubilee Plus Home. http://www.jubileeplus.org
Africa alone spends four times more on repaying its debts than it spends on health care. "Debt is tearing down schools, clinics, hospitals and the effects are no less devastating than war," Dr Adebayo Adedeji. http://www.debtchannel.org/
Ten facts about Debt. http://www.dropthedebt.org/
7. In 1953, Germany only had to pay the equivalent of 3.5% of export
earnings as debt service. Yet under the current debt reduction initiative,
the poorest countries are expected to pay more than 15% of export earnings
in debt service after receiving debt relief.
3. 19,000 children die every day as a result of the debt crisis.
BBC News | Advanced Search. Go here and search for people's names (such
as Mark Covell or Norman Blair) or "genoa" or "genoa social forum" or
"g8" or whatever. Searching for a name seems to pull up the most relevant
article if the first letters of the first and last name are capitalized.
This is the English language search engine and will only pull up articles
in English (unlike some of the other confusing search engines at BBC
that pull up all languages. Is there an option to choose the language?).
This search engine also allows phrase searches and Boolean searches
(unlike some other BBC search engines). There is a search by date option
on the results page. http://newssearch.bbc.co.uk/ksenglish/query.htm
just to say....
i must go now, but i hope to come back to the uk on thursday as soon as i have the strength.
Kiwi G8 protestor beaten by police. July 28, 2001. NZOOM - ONE News - National. "The New Zealand protestor, Sam Buchanan, ... 'There was a lot of people covered in blood,' said Buchanan from London. 'Some people were unconscious. There was just a room full of about 40-odd people that obviously had been completely battered and with some quite serious injuries,' said the Wellington jounralist and activist. Buchanan says he was dragged from his bed and beaten during the police crackdown." http://onenews.nzoom.com/news_detail/0,1227,50983,00.html
July 29, 2001. Genoa Briton to sue. "Mr [Norman] Blair insisted
the atmosphere in the [Genoa Social Forum] building had been like a
youth hostel with little evidence of violent anarchists. 'We were beaten
up straight away - there was no attempt to arrest or question anyone.'
And he said worse followed as he was detained without charge in a holding
centre. 'That was a place of torture'. ... Five Britons have said they
were beaten unconscious by police." http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/uk/newsid_1463000/1463040.stm
July 29, 2001. Sunday Times. "THE Italian general in charge
of the special police accused of beating dozens of British and other
protesters at the G8 meeting in Genoa is to be called in for questioning
by magistrates, who are leading an inquiry into the violence. ... 'We
publicly invite the young people who were detained, and the police officers
who witnessed something, to contact us,' said Francesco Pinto, a Genoa
magistrate who launched the inquiry last week." http://italy.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=9801
Radio GAP - The Global Audio Project - reports. There are some
audio archives of the Genoa G8 events here. Such as "The on air programme
during the irruption of the police in the studios of Radio Gap." http://www.radiogap.net/en/index.html
Data Bank - General Facts and Figures. http://www.jubileeplus.org/databank/usefulstatistics/generalstats.htm
Source: population - World Health Report 2000, 1999 figures; total debt stocks - Global Development Finance 2001, 1999 figures; Forbes World's Richest 200 in 2000. http://www.forbes.com/worldsrichest/
How much would debt cancellation cost? Spread over 20 years, the cost of cancelling the debts of the 52 Jubilee 2000 countries is only one penny a day for each person in the industrialised world.
Source: Unfinished Business, Jubilee 2000 report (available on website)
p21 and p27
Sources: UNDP - estimated from regression analysis; Debt service from GDF 2001; under-five mortality rate from UN HDR 2000
If debt had been cancelled in 1997 for twenty of the poorest countries, the money released for basic healthcare could have saved the lives of about 21 million children by the year 2000, the equivalent of 19,000 children a day.
Source: UN Human Development Report, 1997, p93