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<nettime> G8: "Desaparecidos may have gone to the sea"...

Italy -- 27, 7, 01

The wall of silence built around the police operate in Genova starts to
show the first breaks.

- The lager of Bolzaneto

Yesterday, in an interview published by the newspaper "La Repubblica", a
policemen - who asked to the journalist to remain anonymous - described
the abuses committed in the prison of Bolzaneto and added some particulars
that throw a frightening light on the whole story. The policemen said that
on Monday the 16th, a special squad of the prison police (Gom), reached
the prison of Bolzaneto and transformed the part destined to the G8
demonstrators, into a "lager". The Gom (Mobile Operative Group) was
created in 1997 and it is currently guided by an ex general of the Sisde
(secret service). According to the report, the group was author of an
astonishing series of abuses, which dramatically confirms the stories
narrated by the victims: the people were beaten up immediately after
leaving the police van. Then, they were lined up and their heads were
beaten against the walls; some were falling and pissed over, some others
beaten if they weren't singing fascist songs. One witness, a freelance
photographer, named Alfonso De Munno, who was "deported" in Bolzaneto on
Saturday afternoon (now he has a broken foot, and other contusions)
learned the song very well: "un, due, tre viva Pinochet, quattro cinque
sei a morte gli ebrei, sette otto nove, il negretto non commuove" (one,
two, three, viva Pinochet, five, sixth, seven, death to the Jews, eight,
nine, ten, the nigger isn't touching). Both the anonymous policemen and
other witnesses said the women were threaten of rape, with the police
sticks. No one was allowed to go to the toilet. The smell of piss and shit
was nauseating. The policemen tried to talk to some colleagues, wondering
if all of this, was necessary or legitimate. The answer was: "don't worry,
we are covered".

- More the truth comes out, more the political situation becomes scary

Any reasonable person could arguably think, that in front of such
denounces, the Government would make something to make clarity, at least
to save its face. But it's exactly the contrary. The request of the
opposition of a fast enquiry (a quite bland request, after all), has been
bounced by the majority . Massimo D'Alema, leader of the Left Democrats
(DS), denounced yesterday in the Parliament the violences and the abuses
labelling them as "fascist" (a strong term, rarely used by the moderated
left), and accused the Government to refuse the Commission, enforcing the
suspects of a direct involvement with the abuses. On the other side, the
Minister of Interior, Claudio Scajola, continues to deny any abuse, to
defend the police operate and accuse the opposition to cover
ideologically, if not materially, the street riots and devastations. The
situation of the wall against wall, risks to bring the country on the edge
of an irreversible shift. It's important that all the democrats,
especially EU citizens, keep their eyes well open and make pressure on
their Governments, for the institution of a parliament commission of
enquiry and for a clear resolution of the Italian "G8 affaire".

- The "desaparecidos" might have gone to the sea

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Renato Ruggiero, excluded yesterday, in
front of the Parliament, the possibility that some of the demonstrators
might have disappeared. He said that these youth "might have gone to the
sea" for an holiday. But the Genoa Social Forum lists of desaparacidos
remains there, and some unconfirmed voices whisper that there could be 2
more deaths, both of which could be girls (the unofficial source is Paolo
Cento, Green Deputy).

- The Minister of Interiors give the numbers. The magistrature investigate
the police operate

To answer to the question of the desaparecidos, the Minister of the
Interiors explained yesterday - thursday - that the people arrested are
still 221. But the magistrature didn't confirm most of them. For instance,
out of the 93 arrested at the school Diaz (the nocturnal raid at the GSF
dormitory and press office), 90 are already released. The foreigners get
immediately expelled. In this way, they cannot meet journalists or
lawyers, whilst they are still in Italy. For the nocturnal raid at the
GSF, the Procure of Genova asked the list of the names of the officers and
of the cops who took part to it.

- The Genova's Police Headquarter foresaw nazi infiltrations

An internal report of Genoa Police Department, days before the riots,
highlighted a possible nazi presence in the anti-G8 movement. Gavino
Angius, one of the leaders of the Left Democrats (DS), showed yesterday a
reserved document in the Senate Hall, asking for an immediate response
from the Minister of Internal Affairs.

The Genoa daily newspaper "Il Secolo XIX" published yesterday a
confidential document from Genoa Police Department, describing some
scenarios for the forthcoming G8 summit, along with a brief analysis of
the different composition and tactics of demonstrators) during the G8.
According to the report, the police, days before the demonstrations, was
well aware that neofascist and neonazi groups were planning to infiltrate
the demonstrators. Angius showed the document in the Parliament asking for
an immediate answer from the Minister of Internal Affairs Claudio Scajola.

Repubblica Online
published large excerpts of the report:

"Neonazi violence to discredit anti-G8 movement. Right wing extremists
wanted to infiltrate between the White Overalls and attack the police",
titles the web edition of the most sold Italian newspaper.

The report, dating back to early July, is meant to give general
"informations about the anti-G8 protest", but is very detailed when it
comes to describe the right-wing scenario. The document openly refers to
three groups active on the italian far right: Forza Nuova, Fronte
Nazionale and Comunita' politica d'avanguardia. "In particular, 25-30
hardcore activists of Forza Nuova from Turin intend to infiltrate
themselves between the White Overalls groups and hide in the anti-G8
demonstrators. This group [i.e. the fascists], armed with knives and other
blades, aims to hit the members of police in order to discredit the whole
left-wing opposition to G8."

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