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G8. Genoa police officer tells all. Brutality, torture. MANY LINKS. Raid, jails

From the police confession article:
"The main gate opened continuously - tells the police officer - 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 fascist songs. A girl was vomiting blood and the chiefs of the prison police just watched. To the ladies they said that they were going to rape them with their sticks...well, it's a waste of time telling what you've already read."
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 tothe right of the source article. BBC World Service reported on this police confession in its world reports carried on some public radio stations in the early mornings overnight in the USA. Maybe a few people heard it in the USA. Otherwise,overall, there is a post-G8 mainstream media blackout in the USA, or only very minor, vastly-distorted, inaccurate reports. BBC audio from beaten, emotionally-distraught British man who thought he was going to die: "It's a horrible thing when you hear your bones breaking..."

 http://www.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=55625 English.
 http://italy.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=9072 English.
 http://italy.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=8954 Italian.
 http://www.repubblica.it/online/politica/gottododici/pestaggi/pestaggi.html
 http://www.repubblica.it/quotidiano/repubblica/20010726/ester 04espi.html

From the police confession article:
"The main gate opened continuously - tells the police officer - 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 fascist songs. A girl was vomiting blood and the chiefs of the
prison police just watched. To the ladies they said that they were going to rape them with their sticks... well, it's a waste of time telling what you've already read."

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/front.php3?article_id=55598

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/display.php3?article_id=8081

News Report On Police Brutality At G8 Protest. BBC report on GSF-IMC police raid (and other) beatings;
police confessor admitting to the brutality; British and others beaten, seriously injured, and terrorized; politicians demanding accountability. BBC location of article has horrific PHOTO labeled "Mark Covell is in hospital in Genoa with serious injuries." The BBC source has many more G8 brutality articles linked on the right side of the article. "This is a very big wound for the city. It's the kind of thing we used to experience 20 years
ago." -Francesco Martone, Green Party senator.

 http://www.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=55606
 http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/uk/newsid_1457000/1457920.stm

CITIES IN PROTEST (new). List of hundreds of cities worldwide who have already protested the police and
prison guard brutality at the Genoa G8 events and protests; and the brutal, unprovoked, police beatings at Italy Indymedia, Genoa Social Forum, and Radio Gap.

 http://italy.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=9087

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Genoa - a policeofficer tells what happened (english)
by La Repubblica 5:37pm Thu Jul 26 '01 (Modified on 10:31pm Thu Jul 26 '01)
 whosejustice@hotmail.com
 http://www.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=55625

An anonymous policeofficer tell about G8s "chilean night" when the school (where GSF was) was raided. The italian newspaper La Repubblica brings an interview with the policeofficer.

[Translation begins]

Genoa - a policeofficer tells what happened

An anonymous policeofficer tell about G8s "chilean night" when the school (where GSF was) was raided. The italian newspaper La Repubblica brings an interview with the policeofficer.
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 arresteds fecies, those who didn't get to go to the toilet. But that night started a week before when hundreds of agents of theprisonpolice arrived."

This is the first time someone inside the police who was there talks about what happened. Our source tells that "within the policeforce 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 prisonpolice's doing."

And the systematic beatings at the school? "We did that. There are those who say it was an act of revenge, others that wereceived a precise command from Rome: arrest at all costs. Colleagues from Rome were behind the attack. It was crazy. Both for the victims, our reputation and the chance of an uprising by the people. That night there were several at the policestation that sweared, knowing that if the 20.000 leaving Genova from Brignole station heard about this, they could face a true riot, uprising.

The transformation of the barracs in Bolzaneto into a "lager" (prisoncamp) starts monday when a special unit arrives - a unit alredy infamous because of its eccessive 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 infirmery, for the arrested at the G8.

The gym was transformed into an arrival- and identificationcentre. All the detained protesters are brought here, those who have documents showe them, they take fingerprints of everyone. Beside the gym, next to the tenniscourt 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 waitingroom. it was here Genovas ass. chief in the Digos (special policeunit) spent saturdaynight until sunday morning with carabinieri and other policeofficers.
"What happened at the school and that continued here at Bolzaneto was a suspension of rights, an empty space in the constitution. I tried to tell colleagues, but they only answered that: we don't have to be afraid, our back is covered."

That night. "The maingate 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 fascistsongs. A girl was vomiting blood and the chiefs of the prisonpolice just watched. To the ladies they said that they were going to rape them with they're sticks... well, it's a waste of time telling what you've already read."

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 prisonpolice 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 democatic policeofficers? "We're still many - answers the policeofficer - but today we're both afraid and shameful."

[Translation ends]

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All the above links are just a few of the many CLICKABLE links at the compilation Indymedia page below. More links are added as comments as they are found. If the link is not working, try back later. Indymedia sites are sometimes offline:
CLICKABLE LINKS. Latest reports of July 22, 2001 Italy Indymedia and Genoa Social Forum
buildings raid, brutality, injuries, torture, arrests, detention, aftermath, outrage. Genoa Social Forum is the
NONVIOLENT main umbrella group for the 200,000-strong Genoa G8 countersummit events July 16-22, 2001.
CLICKABLE LINKS.

 http://sf.indymedia.org/display.php?id=102089

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