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Political funeral Monday will express grief over repression in Genoa

Monday, August 6, Noon, Pioneer Memorial Square: Portland activists will express grief and anger over the vengeful behavior of Italian security forces during last week's G8 conference, and fear of worsening repression in this country. Coffins, dirges, and mourning attire will symbolize our horror at the renewal of state terrorism.
Monday, August 6, Noon, Pioneer Memorial Square: Portland activists will express grief and anger over the vengeful behavior of Italian security forces during last week's G8 conference, and fear of worsening repression in this country. Coffins, dirges, and mourning attire will symbolize our horror at the renewal of state terrorism.

Press conference and political funeral



Grieving over blood-soaked repression of G8 protesters in Genoa, Italy, activists fear accelerating police violence in Portland.



For immediate release, August 2, 2001



When: Monday, August 6, 2001: Press conference, 11:30 AM; Funeral, Noon

Where: Pioneer Courthouse Square

Contact: Ken Spice at (503) 998-2218 for press packets and further information. Interviews available immediately (local and regional).



Portland activists will express grief and anger over the vengeful behavior of Italian security forces during last week's G8 conference, and fear of worsening repression in this country. Coffins, dirges, and mourning attire will symbolize our horror at the renewal of state terrorism. Members of the Portland community will link the escalating police violence in Quebec, Sweden, and Italy to growing police aggression in Portland, including Tuesday's Fast Track demonstration, last Friday's Critical Mass, and ongoing terrorism against "black-clad" activists. Speakers will highlight personal fear and grief, and community response. Genoa is a wake-up call as we organize around the World Bank/IMF convergence two months from now in Washington, DC: next time, it could be us!

During the G8 summit, whose corporate agenda was opposed by 200,000 marchers in the streets, activists were attacked and beaten in the streets and tortured in the jails. At least one person was killed: Genovese resident Carlo Giuliani was shot in the head, and then run over by a paramilitary jeep. Especially gruesome was a midnight revenge attack early Sunday morning on nonviolent protesters sleeping in a city-donated school, which left pools of blood on the floors and a scene of catastrophic destruction. Sixty-seven activists were injured, dozens hospitalized, and two left in a coma. Once in jail, even those badly injured were forced to stand for hours, were threatened with rape, were compelled to sing Fascist songs, and were beaten systematically. "It's a horrible thing when you hear your bones breaking inside you," said Briton Mark Covell.

European governments and media have responded to ever-increasing evidence of police atrocities with shock and outrage, and intense exposure. Hundreds of thousands of Italians have returned to the streets, supported by thousands more throughout Europe, the US, and South America. Italian embassies in Manchester and Amsterdam have been occupied in an ongoing direct action campaign. On Tuesday, Amnesty International issued a strongly worded appeal for an independent and thorough investigation. A visibly shaken Silvio Berlusconi, prime minister in Italy's ruling coalition (which includes neo-Fascist parties), has bowed to pressure and agreed to a parliamentary investigation.

Nonetheless, despite the obvious threat to our ideals of political freedom, few American officials have spoken out. Media coverage has been peremptory and superficial, ignoring the correlation with worsening local and national police violence against political expression. Portland activists call upon all citizens and institutions to raise public awareness of this dire situation before space for political dissent has been crushed.

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Turn out our communities!
by craig 5:20pm Thu Aug 2 '01



Everyone, let's take this opportunity to bring together all the communities affected by rising police repression here and abroad. Call your friends, send out notice on your lists. If you're interested in being interviewed or speaking at the press conference, describing your response to the brutality in Genoa or locally, please contact Ken at the number on the press release.
Police Brutality 06.Aug.2001 00:25

LCIEU

The police hospitalied one protestor after the impromto Genoa solidarity protest two weeks ago, don't let this happen again!