update of the Genoa trials
The protesters against G8 are to stand trial on 2nd of March in Genoa. 26 persons were accused, based on photos and filmed material of single episodes, of a crime of which people are rarely charged in Italy : devastation and plunder. The penalty? From 8 to 15 years in prison. It is a "limping" preliminary investigation because it separates the "crowd management" from the actions of the demonstrators. All of the charges and accounts on what tens of thousands of people had seen in those days on the streets of Genoa have been archived and so, as lawyer Laura Tartarini explains, Nobody investigated, and at this point noobody will ever investigate - about the direction of public order".
Starting on 4th of December 2002, persons who are to be on trial for the manifestations against G8 in Genoa have been subjected to all sorts of precautionary measures. The most obvious case is that of Gimmy, who has spent almost a year in prison, but many arrive to the trial with the obligation of signing. While the updates and news continue arriving about the accusations against the police, in Genoa there is a break out of declarations and polemics. There were requests for retribution of damages against the 25 protesters from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Defense, the Justice and the Counsel Presidency. The ultimate, unexpected adhesion to the front of vindicators comes from the Commune of Genoa. A decision approved unanimously by the centre-leftist committe and defined by the mayor as "an act that had to be done", but that has caused a split with the Communist Refoundation and bitter tones inside the party itself: two of its assessors have voted yes for the motion of shame. Many have recorded that the Province of Genoa, even if interested in damages, has not filed for retributions. And on the other hand the mayor of Genoa himself has always affirmed that the true damage to the city was the moral damage. On the wake of the trial, an about-turn. On the whole, it is a scenario that makes one fear of the "exemplary" condemnations: 26 persons are risking to become the scapegoat of an entire movement.
Let`s march again for Genoa.
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February 04: policemen who talk
Bolzanetto, testimonies and documents
trial against the police
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