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Distribute Widely - an appeal from the activists fighting in Genoa as
morning 22nd July 2001
We write from the building of GSF and Indymedia in Genoa after witnessing the worst human rights violations in the short history of the young movement against capitalist globalisation. Two people were killed by the police on the 20th, one in Genoa and one at the border, and someone else might have been killed in the most outrageous display of fascist state brutality that all of us have seen in our lives, just a few hours ago in front of this building.
the police broke into the school Diaz (across the road), one of the accommodation
places of GSF were people were sleeping at that moment, and beat up everyone
to the extent that most of the people could not walk out and had to be
carried in stretchers out of the school. We don't know how many people
were badly injured because we lost count of the amount of stretchers carried
The police also broke violently into the GSF and Indymedia building at the same time, but here they only destroyed and stole materials. They did not attack anyone (although in part of the building it was difficult to breathe due to the tear gas). Italian parliamentarians were also struck by policemen while they were trying to enter the school Diaz while the police was beginning to remove the injured.
On the 20th
and the 21st the police terrorism in the streets was unprecedented in
recent Western European history. On the 20th they murdered a young protestor
from Genova, who was shot once in the forehead and once in the cheek,
and drove backwards over his corpse. A young french woman was killed in
the Ventemiglia border on the same day, while the police was preventing
her and other people
are taken to the hospitals are arrested immediately after receiving first
aid, unless they are in an extremely bad condition. One person, a member
of a nonviolent group, who was horribly beaten up while sitting on the
floor with his hands up, went through that experience. In the police station
he was repeatedly tortured like everyone else there. The police was hitting
the already wounded areas of his body and battering him for no reason.
Another person who was arrested and released says that they were beating
terrorism started well before the actions. The last weeks were characterised
by police searches all over Italy, followed by what everybody here considers
to be a reproduction of the strategy of tension used by the Italian state
in the 70s to crash social movements. Letter bombs were sent (by whom?)
to policemen, the police exploded a car in the centre of Genova because
it was parked in the same place for several days, and they alleged in
that many solidarity and denounciation actions have already taken place
all over the world and that many more are being planned (see http://italy.indymedia.org).
We encourage all the groups that have not planned actions yet to do so,
and to prepare for sustained actions to continue until those responsible
for these outrageous human rights abuses pay the full price for their
actions. We suggest to these groups that their minimum demand would be
the resignation of the Berlusconi government. There is a list of Italian
embassies at http://www.ethoseurope.org/ethos/embassies.nsf/ (go down
Por todos nuestros muertos, ni un minuto de silencio. Toda una vida de lucha. To honor our dead, not a minute of silence. A whole life of struggle.