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Friday, August 10, 2001

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  • Two Activists Beaten By Police in Genoa, Italy Return to the U.S.; Los Angeles Sheriffstrained Italian Police Before the G8 Summit

    Italy’s right-wing Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi yesterday defended police actions during last month’s Group ofEight meeting, declaring the meeting "a political and diplomatic success." He said:

    "I express my full solidarity with the security forces," he said. "Criticism should not be leveled at the police butat the violent (anti-globalization) groups who have already vowed to intervene at upcoming international summits."

    Berlusconi’s comments came the same day the deputy chief of Genoa’s anti-terrorism police was charged with assaultand battery. Court sources said Genoese examining magistrates had seen a video showing him kicking the head of ayoung protestor lying on the ground who had already been beaten by other police. The day before, the Italian policechief admitted for the first time that his officers had used excessive force.

  • Many Still in Prison in Genoa, Including Susanna Thomas, a Quaker Pacifist and Honorsstudent; She Faces 15 Years in Jail

    Many people who protested at the summit in Genoa are still in jail, including several U.S. citizens. One of them,Susanna Thomas, who is fluent in French and Spanish, was arrested with two dozen members of Publix Theatre, apolitical theater troupe based in Vienna, Austria, and travels throughout Europe to protest immigration laws and topromote the "no borders" movement.

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