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Police Attack Demonstration at Italian Embassy

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Police Attack Demonstration at Italian Embassy

The Beating of Mark Covell

Demonstrations at Italian Consulates in Manchester and Edinburgh

Demonstrations in Canada

Meeting of London Political Forum to Condemn State Violence and Terror

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Police Attack Demonstration at Italian Embassy

A demonstration was held outside the Italian Embassy in Grosvenor Square last night to protest at the death of Carlo Giuliani, who was shot in Genoa. More than 150 people took part.

The protesters were encircled by more than 80 police carrying batons, some of them in riot gear. Then, in a repeat of the "containment and dispersal" tactics used by police at the May Day riots, riot vans blocked both ends of Grosvenor Street and demonstrators were forced to leave one by one while officers photographed and searched them. About 30 protesters insisted on leaving together and tried to fight their way out. Three were arrested.

A 32-year-old woman, who did not want to be named, said: "It was a completely peaceful protest and they suddenly charged us with their batons."

Anti-globalisation campaigner Martin Green, 39, said: "The police are asking us all for our names, addresses, and photographs before we can leave. They are taking away our right to protest."

A spokesman for Scotland Yard said: "We had no warning that this demonstration was to go ahead. We recognise the right to demonstrate peacefully. The demonstrators were detained and allowed to leave one at a time to prevent a breach of the peace."

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The Beating of Mark Covell

Mark Covell, the UK Indymedia reporter who is in hospital after being seriously injured when the police beat him up outside the IMC building in Genoa, is under "armed guard" in hospital, it is reported.

Mark Covell, who is 33, suffered injuries including a collapsed lung, broken ribs and internal bruising after the Italian riot police attacked him. He said: "I was treated like a human football. It was me against 400 police and they kicked me for 20 minutes along the road. I thought I was going to die."

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Demonstrations at Italian Consulates in Manchester and Edinburgh

Demonstrations took place yesterday, among other places, at the Italian Consulates in Manchester and Edinburgh to protest against the police violence in Genoa. Placards and banners about the deaths caused by global capital were displayed, specifically showing the aftermath of police violence in Genoa. Hundreds of leaflets were handed out to passers by.

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Demonstrations in Canada

Over 400 people rallied at the Italian Consulate in Toronto on Saturday, July 21, closing the street in front of the consulate to traffic, to oppose the G8 Summit and to denounce the state violence against demonstrators and the murder of at least one young man. This demonstration was planned to coincide with rallies in Italy against the G8. Speakers denounced the state violence unleashed against all those who were opposing neo-liberal globalisation. A member of the Canadian Auto Workers union hailed the young people who are willing to risk everything to build a better world. There will be many trade union activists standing with them in this fight, he said. He pointed out nothing can justify the killing and denounced the attempts to make the tactics of demonstrators the issue, or whether one agrees with them or not. Following the rally, the demonstrators marched to the US Embassy before dispersing.

A militant action was held in Ottawa on Sunday against the G8. It began at the old City Hall, and went to the US Embassy and then the market area. Banners read: "G8 Meetings Here or Anywhere – Democracy Does Not Equal Rubber Bullets and Tear Gas", "No to the Criminalisation of Dissent." The participants denounced the G8, opposed police impunity and demanded justice for the killing of Carlo Giuliani.

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Meeting of London Political Forum to Condemn State Violence and Terror

A special meeting of the London Political Forum is to be held on Wednesday, August 1, at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London, beginning at 7.30 pm.

The special meeting of the London Political Forum is being convened by London Region RCPB(ML) to condemn the state violence and terror against the protesters against imperialist globalisation, in Genoa, in Britain and world-wide. The LPF will invite all those concerned to end this violence, stop the criminalisation of political protest and discuss the way forward for the movement against imperialist globalisation to come to the meeting and give their views.

All comers are welcome to attend and contribute to the discussion.

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