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geert lovink on Sun, 22 Jul 2001 07:10:53 +0200 (CEST)

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[Nettime-bold] Udate re: violence in Genoa/ Police Raid GSF, IMC other groups

From: "Dan Merkle" <danm {AT} msfseattle.com>
Sent: Sunday, July 22, 2001 1:09 PM
Subject: Udate re: violence in Genoa/ Police Raid GSF, IMC other groups

Police Raid GSF, IMC other groups
by el pato 2:53am Sun Jul 22 '01

At half past twelve, police raided the media building which housed the
Genoa Social Forum, the Independent Media Center, legal and medical support
groups. At half past twelve, the police raided the Media Center in Genoa
which contains the Indy Media Center, Legal Support, and Medical teams.

At first the police attempted to enter on the ground floor, but the doors
were quickly barricaded against them.

Many activists, journalists and others outside were beaten by police. There
were dozens of injuries. Before long police were in the building and
entered the third floor where indymedia is located.

IMC journalists stood with hands against the walls of the halls. Police
gathered all journalists, and then searched the rooms. The confiscated mini
discs, a digital camera, and other materials, like gas masks and swiss army

Soon after, an official of some sort of officials (a woman) arrived and
told police to leave. The police left this building and went out side where
police vans and riot police were parked.

There were a number of representatives of official press in the building,
and they documented much of these events. The Genoa Social Forum gathered
to hold a news conference, and went out to the street to meet with more

 From the window, we could see riot police try to take GSF people behind
police lines, but there was much resistance. For the next one and a half
hours, police beat many people, and there is blood visable in many places.

At the school across from this building, it is reported that police entered
around the same time they came here. Activists who were staying there were
lined up against the wall, and reportedly beaten. Witnesses report blood
all over the halls of this building.

It is now 2:55 am, and police have left the area. People are milling about
in the street and both buildings, shocked at what has happened.


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