i watched this video last night, and wanted to remind people about the prolonged nature of our struggle to liberate the world from economic exploitation, and the means the ruling powers use to prevent us from doing so. - rob
Repression is part and parcel of democracy – a power system that, while it requires popular legitimacy, also requires control, and constant redefining of the limitations within, including what it means to be “free citizens.”
Genoa’s G8 Summit in 2001 demonstrated this in the fiercest of ways. Through Lena, Niels, Chabi, Mina, Dan, Michael and Muli, the film aims to restore the testimony of those who experienced the violence in the raid on the Diaz school and the torture at the Bolzaneto detention centre.
In late July 2001, leaders of the world’s largest economies met in the Ligurian town of Genoa, heavily locked down due to fear of terrorist attacks. Over 200,000 people took part in anti-globalization demonstrations on the streets of Genoa in the days immediately preceding and during the summit. Even though the large majority protested peacefully, some demonstrations degenerated. The Italian police forces reacted with unheard-of violence. On 20 July, a young protester, Carlo Giuliani, was fatally shot by a 21-year-old carabinieri officer and, by the end of the summit, several hundred people, including demonstrators, journalists and police officers, had been seriously injured in street clashes.
… on events that occurred in the Armando Diaz school in the early hours of 22 July 2001. Over 300 police officers raided the school, which was primarily used as a dormitory for demonstrators and a media centre during the summit. Protesters and journalists were subjected to deliberate and unjustified beatings, resulting in severe injuries. Many were arrested and transferred to the nearby Bolzaneto temporary detention facility, where they were subject to further ill-treatment at the hands of the police. British activist Mark Covell was left in a coma with eight broken ribs and a shredded lung.
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On 6 July 2012, Italy’s highest court, the Corte di Cassazione, issued its final ruling on what has been described by Amnesty International as “the most serious suspension of democratic rights in a Western Country since the Second World War”. This landmark judgment concerned events surrounding the G8 summit hosted by Italy over ten years ago, and the ensuing cover-up by high-ranking members of the Italian police.
special detention facility in genoa
2001 Raid on Armando Diaz
The raid on the “Armando Diaz” School took place during the 27th G8 meeting in Genoa in 2001 in the district of Albaro, Genoa. The school building was the temporary headquarters of the Genoa Social Forum, led by Vittorio Agnoletto. A nearby building, housing the anti-globalization organization Indymedia and lawyers affiliated with the Genoa Social Forum, was also raided. On July 21, 2001, shortly before midnight, mobile divisions of the State Police of Genoa, Rome and Milan attacked the buildings, with the operational support of some battalions of the Carabinieri.
The police indiscriminately attacked the building’s occupants, resulting in the arrest of 93 protesters; 61 were seriously injured and were taken to hospital, three of them were in a critical condition and one in a coma. Prisoners taken to a temporary detention facility in Bolzaneto were tortured and humiliated before being released. The raid resulted in the trial of 125 policemen, including managers and supervisors, for what was termed a beating from “Mexican butchery”  by the assistant chief Michelangelo Fournier. However, none of the accused police officers were punished, due to delays in the investigation and incompleteness of Italian laws under which torture is not recognised as a crime.
Prior to the raid, there have been several clashes between demonstrators and security forces. Several protesters were sleeping in the school. The numbers and designation of the security forces involved in the raid are still unknown, as they wore ski masks to hide their identities. The Court of Appeal of Genoa stated that “346 policemen, in addition to 149 Carabinieri officers were involved in the raid of the school buildings.”
The raid is the subject of a 2012 film called Diaz – Don’t Clean Up This Blood where the attack and subsequent torture of detainees is recreated.
- from wikipedia
A banner reading “Assassins” is carried by demonstrators through downtown Rome, Tuesday, July 24, 2001. Thousands of people marched through the streets of various Italian cities to remember the death of 23-year old Carlo Giuliani, a protestor shot dead by Carabinieri during the anti-G8 riots in Genoa, July 20. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)
Against The New World Order
The death of Carlo Guiliani during the protests against the G8 summit in Genoa shocked many people in the First world. Carlo was assassinated by the militarized police forces of the New World Order, whose outright fascist nature was made clear when Guiliani’s arrested comrades were forced to pay homage to Il Duce in words and song by the Italian security forces.
To the starry-eyed bourgeois activists in north America and Europe, Carlo’s death was a horrible travesty of justice against a movement to democratise global capitalism. To people in the South — the ‘developing’ or ‘underdeveloped’ lands — such assassinations are neither unusual nor unexpected. There has been a war raging over control of the Earth’s resources for a century (or more) and the fight to create a global corporate state — the New World Order by Bush I — is only the latest phase, one which has claimed dozens (Mexico, India), hundreds (Papua New Guinea), thousands (Columbia, Nigeria), even millions (Democratic Republic of the Congo) of lives around the world. Sadly, it’s only when these deaths occur in the presence of First World media and other witnesses that they register any sort of reaction at all.
The stakes in this conflict are extraordinarily high.
On one side are the megawealthy who wish to preserve the protected enclaves of privilege and material ease industrial society creates for them. In their way are the other 6 billion people on Earth, who the ruling elite wish to cast aside to fend for themselves in the waste and ruin industrialism continues to make of the world. Limited privileges are granted to the bourgeois and workers so they will tolerate the death dealt out to provide these privileges. For instance, the people of Africa being slaughtered to provide oil and cell phones for consumers. Will consumers in the First World give up gasoline and wireless communication devices in order to relieve the suffering of other, distant, dark-skinned people? Not willingly or they would already have done so.
Many of the people involved in the anti-globalisation movement aren’t interested in or even aware of the plight of these other people. All they want is a better deal — a greater share of the profits raked in by the plundering of foreign lands. Their willful naivete about how the post-capitalist world works is obscene. But to cut them some slack, there is an ongoing conspiracy by the shapers of society to prevent us from realizing the continuous efforts of the ruling elites to divide us so that we’ll gladly annihilate one another in order to maintain the illusions described as “capitalism” and “democracy”.
- from Green Anarchist #66, freshly reposted here, from the anarchist library
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