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G7/G8 Summit in Genoa:

Condemn the Fascist State Violence and Terror!
No to the Criminalisation of Political Protest!
Solidarity with the Movement against Imperialist Globalisation!

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G7/G8 Summit in Genoa:
Condemn the Fascist State Violence and Terror!
No to the Criminalisation of Political Protest!
Solidarity with the Movement against Imperialist Globalisation!

Some of the Eyewitness Reports

Demonstrations in Protest and Solidarity

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G7/G8 Summit in Genoa:

Condemn the Fascist State Violence and Terror!
No to the Criminalisation of Political Protest!
Solidarity with the Movement against Imperialist Globalisation!

RCPB(ML) vigorously condemns the fascist state violence and terror unleashed against the people at the G8 Summit in Genoa. In particular, the Party condemns the killing by police of 23-year-old Carlo Giuliani, shot through the forehead and then run over as he lay in the road. The Party also condemns the brutal and indiscriminate beatings by the police at the Independent Media Centre and the Genoa Social Forum buildings, which left 20 people seriously injured and at least one in a coma.

This fascist state terrorism has been carried out in the name of the defence of "democracy". This serves to underline the desperate lengths to which the G8 ruling elites will go to crush any resistance and protest to their neo-liberal agenda and to imperialist globalisation, through violence, intimidation and their repressive legislation. It serves to expose the real nature of the "democracy" which the G8 leaders espouse.

The violence Tony Blair sought to condemn was not that of the state, but to blame the protesters for getting in the way of efforts to solve such problems as Third World poverty. While in words defending "people’s right to legitimate and peaceful protest", Tony Blair immediately shows the limits to such "defence", by way of defining the people’s right to rise up and overthrow what is unjust and to take control of their lives as "illegitimate". As the efforts of the G8 ruling elites have been shown in fact to increase the problems such as the gap between the rich and the poor, so has the state violence against those demanding that their system must go been stepped up.

RCPB(ML) calls on the working class and all democratic people to oppose the attempts by the state to drive a wedge into the movement against imperialist globalisation, and to vigorously condemn all the provocations of the state and the fascist violence and terror against the people.

Condemn the Fascist State Violence and Terror!

No to the Criminalisation of Political Protest!

Solidarity with the Movement against Imperialist Globalisation!

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Some of the Eyewitness Reports

Just after midnight on Saturday, July 21, the Italian police invaded the Indymedia Centre and the Genoa Social Forum buildings, which are opposite each other in Via Cesare Battisti in Genoa.

The police used tear gas inside the buildings and baton charged people sitting on the ground. At least 20 people were confirmed to be severely injured, one of them a UK IMC reporter, who was beaten unconscious. Police claimed to have looked for weapons under Article 41 of the Italian law permitting a search without a warrant, but destroyed computer equipment, confiscated videos, floppies and hard disks, and beat people indiscriminately. Eight arrests were made, of which one was later released, reported to have been beaten heavily.

One report spoke of the motive for the attack, as well as revenge, being to destroy evidence of police agents coming out of police stations and going in amongst the "Black Bloc" (anarchists) and throwing bricks and smashing things up.

In beating people up in the GSF building, the police left people not able to walk out, and they had to be carried out on stretchers. As many as 30 ambulances were brought for the injured people. Everybody was either arrested or taken to hospital.

A report by Bill Hayton posted on the BBC site says that hundreds of Italian police backed by a helicopter were involved in the raids. He says that along with about 100 protesters in the IMC building, he was herded into a corridor and made to wait while police searched the premises for weapons, though finding none. They left after an Italian MP arrived and told them to go. Across the road it was a different story. The occupants were made to stand against walls and then beaten by four policemen. Evenly spaced pools of blood were later seen on the corridor floor.

Another eyewitness report says that the police, having reached the IMC and the GSF buildings, started to arbitrarily beat people with batons as people scrabbled to get inside either building. In the IMC building, they demanded that everyone stand spread-eagle against the wall for about 30 minutes. They took some salad knives from the kitchen and a couple of gas masks. Later they told the press that they "saw quite a lot of black clothes inside the rooms". They finally left when a woman MP who was in the building came and she had the powers to make the police leave, due to the fact that the occupants were an international group and journalists. At the GSF building, the lawyers’ office was ransacked, the computers destroyed and hard drives taken and phones smashed. The computers contained all of the information relating to legal aid, etc., over the last few days. Tears and shouts of "assinos" followed the police who for another half hour were still blocking off the exits. Many people outside had been chanting "let them free" whilst the occupants were up against the wall and the school was being emptied with stretcher after stretcher of young men and women being carried out. The IMC UK reporter outside was held by his neck while other police beat him unconscious with clubs, leaving him in the street in a pool of blood. Afterwards, there was thick dark blood up the walls, over the floor and at the bottom of the stairs.

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Demonstrations in Protest and Solidarity

LONDON

A demonstration of 200 people gathered outside the Italian Embassy at 6.00 pm on Sunday to show their solidarity with the protesters in Genoa, and pay their respect to the dead. The crowd stood in silence with occasional chants of "assassins" and "death to the state" as the police tried to pen them into a small area. After an hour the whole crowd moved as one round to the other side of the Embassy, confusing the following vans.

At 7.15 pm, the police carried out a "section 60" of the whole group. The Section 60 order is a recently adopted police tactic at demonstrations used to control and to gain personal information about protesters. In fact the S60 powers are limited to "stop and search in anticipation of violence", in which the police have the power to search for weapons and dangerous instruments, only detaining people "for as long as necessary to carry out a search".

After being searched for weapons, the protesters at the Italian Embassy were released one by one, illegally being photographed on the way out.

A further demonstration is being held at the Embassy today, Monday, from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm, and a call has been given for a massive demonstration next Saturday at 2.00 pm outside the Italian Embassy, 4 Grosvenor Square.

SHEFFIELD

An action is being called on Wednesday, July 25, at 12 noon on Sheffield Town Hall steps.

BRISTOL

As part of the demonstrations happening all over the world, a demonstration is being held in Bristol outside the Italian Consulate, 33 Oakfield Road, Clifton, BS8 2AT, today, Monday, from 4.30 pm to 6.00 pm.

SOLIDARITY IN GERMAN CITIES

Demonstrations with several hundred people have taken place in Gottingen, Bielefeld, Frankfurt, Münster, Hannover, Leipzig, Nürnberg, Bremen with smaller actions in Dortmund, Tübingen, Stuttgart, and Aachen. In Berlin there was a demonstration of about 1,000 and the bureau of the ZDF (German state television) was occupied by protesters. In Hamburg there was a demonstration in which barricades were built in conflict with the police.

SOLIDARITY IN THE US

Among the demonstration in the US are those taking place in Hartford, Connecticut, one in New Haven, Connecticut, as well as a large demonstration in New York City at the Italian Consulate.

SOLIDARITY IN BRUSSELS

About 100 people, including many children, held a solidarity action in front of the Italian Embassy in Brussels on Sunday for the Genoa victims of police violence. Today, Monday, another action is being planned in front of the Embassy.

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