Group: Genoa Bombings Revenge G - 8 Death
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Filed at 10:57 a.m. ET
GENOA, Italy (AP) -- A previously unknown group claimed responsibility Tuesday for bombings at a Genoa police station the day before, saying they were a response to the death of a protester during riots last year.
The group, calling itself ``July 20th,'' sent several letters to police and local newspapers detailing the contents of the explosives used in the blasts. Italian news agencies quoted Genoa's police chief, Oscar Fioriolli, as saying the claim appeared credible.
The blasts Monday shattered windows but hurt no one.
The group's name refers to the day last year when protester Carlo Giuliani was killed during riots at the Group of Eight summit in Genoa. Giuliani was shot as he rushed toward a police vehicle, apparently about to hurl a fire extinguisher at police.
The letter said the bombings were a reaction Giuliani's death and ``the torture and systematic violence perpetuated in the streets and police barracks in a vain attempt to repress the people's response against the G-8 summit.''
About 100,000 protesters descended on the port city in northern Italy during the summit to champion a variety of causes, from debt relief to the environment. A small group of them turned violent.
Tensions rose when police raided a school where many of the demonstrators were sleeping. Scores of demonstrators were dragged outside, and several people said they were beaten by police.
Copies of the letter were sent from mailboxes close to Genoa's main Brignole station, said Antonio Di Rosa, the editor-in-chief of local daily Il Secolo XIX, which received one of the letters.
The letter also threatened a policeman who allegedly shot Giuliani. It said Mario Placanica should leave the country so his relatives don't have to ``recognize his remains in a morgue.''
Last week, prosecutors said the charges against Placanica should be thrown out because he shot at Giuliani in self-defense.