Eulogy for the Portland funeral march for Carlo and others
This is the Eulogy read at the portland funeral march for Carlo and those killed in the anti-corporate globalization battle. Some of the statements are stolen from an article or two, but I don't believe that is very important.
There are numerous chilling accounts of the contempt for civil liberties and human rights that marked security during the Genoa summit, but the image that has circled the world is the prone body of Carlo Giuliani. He died, in part, because he was unlucky enough to clash with a barely trained paramilitary conscript. He also died because Italian police weren't carrying rubber bullets, only live rounds. But like the hundreds more people -- anarchist black bloc, "pacifist," tuta-bianca, journalists and bystanders -- who were seriously wounded, he was not attacked because of his actions or tactical mistakes, but due to intentional, premeditated assaults by militarized police who worked closely with U.S. security and other police agencies who made a calculated decision to dramatically escalate the level of violence with which these protests would be met.
The media villainised him to the extreme calling him the: "fringe of the fringe." The police listed his past arrests to slander him further. COINTELPRO-type provocateurs immediately started posting arguments online to justify his murder as though anyone fighting in self-defense against oppressive forces deserves violent police execution. These agents of disinformation testified that they would have killed him themselves for his resistance.
What happened in Genoa is reminiscent of Kent State, where it took the deaths of four young, privileged American students on a Midwest campus in May 1970 to galvanize opposition to the hundreds of thousands of deaths in Southeast Asia, and transform the U.S. anti-war movement into a force that temporarily shut down campuses across the country.
At the time of Kent State, the general public's opinion, shaped by contemptuous politicians and a judgmental media, was that the National Guard acted properly and that the Kent State students were anti-American thugs. In Genoa, unlike at Kent, the violence was planned and approved by the highest levels of government. Furthermore, the Italian constitution was totally disregarded, as evidenced by the government's suspension of European Union rules allowing free passage of citizens among European countries, and the overtly fascist police who brutalized thousands without provocation.
These dangerous and militaristic tactics -- intended just as much to dissuade future demonstrators, as they are to control crowds -- are likely to continue to escalate.
Global justice activists are now in shock after Genoa, with the realization that they, too, could be shot for the expression of their beliefs.
CNN and the AP Press reported:
"Carlo Giuliani, 23, was the first fatality since the anti-globalization movement began staging protests at world meetings in Seattle in 1999."
This statement and others to the same effect, reveal the international media as the classiest, racist, and manipulative tool of disinformation that it is. Carlo's death occurred only a little over a month after four students were shot at a World Bank protest in New Guinea, as they ran from police officers. Casualties of police brutality in protests outside of the First World have received negligible media attention, supporting the racist foundation of corporate globalization.
As concerned people gathered here, horrified at the atrocities that took place in Genoa, we need to consider why we are so affected by Carlo's death. Is it because he was white? Is it because it happened in a First World nation, so close to home? Or is it because this is the only death that has received enough international coverage to reach us? Every angle of Carlo's death and his story were reported countless times on multiple networks, while Third World political deaths are all but ignored, as corporate controlled media preserves its euro centric bias.
The four students in New Guinea are lost in this equation, more causalities in the economic war against the Third World. A photograph on an indymedia site showed a student crouched down, covering his head with his hands, as a police officer fires an automatic rifle into the back of his head. Where is the debate over this murder? The international media did not put any attention on this incident, so unlike with Carlo's death in Genoa, the New Guinea police forces were never pressured to open up an investigation and charge the officer.
This is not a march only for Carlo Giuliani. This is a funeral precession for the countless deaths from corporate, militarized power. For Carlo, and the faceless victims that the media forgot. Carlo was called "a person hungry for justice". Justice can be realized only when we recognize and protest the murders of all people equally, whether they die in N.E. Portland, New Guinea, Bolivia, Palestine or Italy; we must mourn all equally and fight to end the executions of all people willing to speak out against injustice.
In addition, as in the Third World, the threat will not suppress the movement.
Carlo's Father said: ''In the end, we all want the same thing: A better
world, or, at least a less disgusting one,''
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