Thousands demand inquest on clashes at 2001 G8 summit
Thousands of leftists and anti-globalization activists, many shouting slogans against the police, marched in Genoa demanding a parliamentary inquiry into the violent clashes at the G8 summit held in the north-western Italian port in 2001.
18 November 2007
Genoa, Italy (dpa) - Thousands of leftists and anti-globalization activists, many shouting slogans against the police, marched in Genoa Saturday demanding a parliamentary inquiry into the violent clashes at the G8 summit held in the north-western Italian port in 2001.
Following some tension earlier at several railway stations around the country - where scores of demonstrators travelling to Genoa reportedly tried to board trains without purchasing tickets - the crowd marched peacefully through the city.
Organizers said demonstrators numbered 50,000. No figures were immediately available from authorities.
Over 800 police were deployed to follow the event, but authorities appeared to have opted for a low profile with very few uniformed members of the security forces visible near the marchers.
The demonstration was in sharp contrast to the June 2001 clashes when police shot dead a demonstrator and hundreds were injured during almost three days of rioting.
Some 25 people, all demonstrators, have been indicted on public violence charges in connection with the July 19-21, 2001 riots when security forces clashed with demonstrators.
These had been trying to enter the Genoa city centre where G8 leaders from the United States, Germany, Japan, France, Italy, Canada, Britain and Russia met and which were declared off-limits.
Organizers of Saturday's demonstration said the indictments were one-sided and demanded a parliamentary inquiry be held to probe the role of police in the violence, including what they said were scores of unprovoked attacks on anti-globalization activists.
They also demanded that the Carabinieri policeman who shot dead the 23-year-old demonstrator Carlo Giuliani on July 20, 2001 be brought to trial.
A judge at a preliminary inquest ruled that the bullet fired by policeman Mario Placanica's pistol deflected off a stone before hitting Giuliani and hence that there was no need for a trial because the policeman did not intend to shoot at the demonstrator.
Subject: German news