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2003-06-03

Swiss Police Cut Rope Holding British Activist Hanging From Bridge, Sending Him Falling Dozens of Feet , and Raid the Independent Media Center, Beating Journalists

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39-year-old Martin Shaw was trying to hang a banner in protest of the G-8 summit; he has multiple fractures. Filmmaker Jacquie Soohen was severely beaten by police; she has a concussion.

The G-8 summit in Evian, France has come to a close today.

Outside the luxury hotel overlooking Lake Geneva where the leaders met, beyond 25,000 police and a steel fence, protests continued overnight.

Police used water cannons, rubber bullets and tear gas against hundreds of demonstrators.

Over the weekend, police severely injured a 39-year-old British protester, Martin Shaw, when they cut the rope he was hanging from while trying to hang a banner. Shaw dropped dozens of feet from the highway bridge, and suffered multiple fractures.

Police dressed in anarchist 'black bloc' gear raided the building some protesters were using as their headquarters. They severely beat independent media journalists there.

Many of the activists and journalists recalled the police brutality during protests at the G8 meeting in Genoa two years ago. Italian police shot a 23-year-old protester twice in the head, then ran over his body with an armored vehicle. Some 500 others were also injured.

  • Francesca Bria, Italian Independent Media Center journalist who witnessed and filmed Swiss police cutting the rope from which Martin Shaw was hanging.
  • Jacquie Soohen, U.S. Independent Media Center journalist who was beaten by police and then dropped in a field outside of the city in the middle of the night. She has concussion and a cracked tooth.

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