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IMAGE imgs/Genuainattu4001.gif all over the city, which were clearly provoked by the police. The forms of
provocation were diverse: the television showed images of a group of people dressed in black going out of a police van and breaking windows, and the
black block was visibly infiltrated throughout these days. We respectfully
ask our friends from the black block to reflect on the meaning of this fact, not just for them but for everybody else. This request is not meant to imply that they should not be present in large collective actions, but merely that we encourage them to rethink their role and choices in them. One possible
way would be to play a role focused on solidarity and defense of other
groups, similar to the one so successfully carried out by the black block in A16.

People who are taken to the hospitals are arrested immediately after
receiving first aid, unless they are in an extremely bad condition. One
person, a member of a nonviolent group, who was horribly beaten up while
sitting on the floor with his hands up, went through that experience. In the police station he was repeatedly tortured like everyone else there. The
police was hitting the already wounded areas of his body and battering him
for no reason. Another person who was arrested and released says that they
were beating everybody and forcing them to scream 'viva il duce', which
means long live Mussolini.

The police terrorism started well before the actions. The last weeks were
characterised by police searches all over Italy, followed by what everybody here considers to be a reproduction of the strategy of tension used by the
Italian state in the 70s to crash social movements. Letter bombs were sent
(by whom?) to policemen, the police exploded a car in the centre of Genova
because it was parked in the same place for several days, and they alleged
in the media that bombs had been planted in several places (including one of the accommodation spaces of the GSF) - all of these in order to create an
atmosphere of paranoia, fears about demonstrators and social terror. They
also arrested several people before the actions, including a particularly
brutal case of a young woman who was kept in isolation for four days for
having a van (which they claimed would be used to break into the red zone)
where she kept a hatchet for camping purposes. The people who were arrested with her report that they were also tortured physically and psychologically, including forced exposure to a succession of three posters: a pornographic
one, followed by one of Mussolini and then one of the Nazi Army in action.

We know that many solidarity and denounciation actions have already taken
place all over the world and that many more are being planned (see
http://italy.indymedia.org). We encourage all the groups that have not
planned actions yet to do so, and to prepare for sustained actions to
continue until those responsible for these outrageous human rights abuses
pay the full price for their actions. We suggest to these groups that their minimum demand would be the resignation of the Berlusconi government. There is a list of Italian embassies at
http://www.ethoseurope.org/ethos/embassies.nsf/(go down to the link
Embassies of Italy).

We think that we need to turn this situation into a serious international
problem for the Berlusconi and the other G8 governements, not just due to a basic sense of justice but also because we feel that the survival of the
movement and of many of us might depend on it. This brutality shows the
actual panic with which the rich and powerful are reacting to the clear fact that the world is beginning to listen to us. Seeing that they can no longer write us off as a marginal, temporary phenomenon, they are now removing all masks of ostensible democracy and showing their real face - one of
oppression, violence and terrorism.

Por todos nuestros muertos, ni un minuto de silencio. Toda una vida de
To honor our dead, not a minute of silence. A whole life of struggle.
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