Trial into police brutality at G8 summit opens
12 October 2005, GENOA, ITALY - Anti-globalisation activists gathered Wednesday outside a courtroom in the Italian city of Genoa, where a trial into allegations of police brutality during a 2001 Group of Eight summit opened.
12 October 2005
GENOA, ITALY - Anti-globalisation activists gathered Wednesday outside a courtroom in the Italian city of Genoa, where a trial into allegations of police brutality during a 2001 Group of Eight summit opened.
A total of 45 defendants, mostly police officers, are accused of beating scores of protesters while they were being detained in a barrack in Bolzaneto following their arrest in nearby Genoa.
More than 240 youths are acting as plaintiffs in the trial, one of two judicial proceedings brought against policemen attending the G8 summit.
In another trial, 28 officers face charges of brutality over a raid into the Diaz school were anti-globalisation activists were sleeping.
Hundreds of witnesses are expected to attest to the fact that police officers beat activists, sprayed them with asphyxiating gas and forced them to sing Fascist songs.
Many of the victims were foreigners from Germany, Britain, France and the United States.
"We expect justice - something that is not always granted in this country," said Vittorio Agnoletto, an anti-globalisation activist present in Genoa and a member of the European parliament.
Agnoletto and others fear that a judicial bill currently being debated in parliament and which aims to shorten the statute of limitations for first-time offenders may end up aborting the trial.
Also attending Wednesday's hearing was the father of Carlo Giuliani, a young activist shot dead by police during violent street clashes.
The trial was adjourned to November 3.
Tens of thousands of activists took part in largely peaceful protests during the G8. Much of the violence during the G8 was blamed on a small group of masked activists calling themselves Black Bloc.
Subject: German news