A GLOBALISE Resistance reportback meeting from the protests against the G8 summit in Genoa, Italy, attracted 300 people to Conway Hall in central London on Thursday of last week.
People gave Richard Moth and Nicola Doherty, two of the five British protesters beaten and arrested by the Italian police, a standing ovation. Antonino Campenni, of the Italian Cobas rank and file trade union group, also addressed the meeting.
'The massive demonstration of 300,000 people on the Saturday of the summit was really frightening for those in power,' he said. 'There is a lot of solidarity and interest. The comrades in Italy will be very happy when I take back the news of a hall full of people in London talking about Genoa.'
'Our movement has forced governments and the leaders of the world onto the defensive,' said Danny Bates of the Green Party. 'Genoa has shown us that resistance is not futile.'
There was a great feeling for continuing to build a united anti-capitalist movement, and to organise the biggest possible protest against privatisation outside the Labour Party conference in September.
OVER 130 people attended an eyewitness reportback meeting about Genoa in Brighton last week. The meeting was organised by the Brighton Collective, which got around 40 local people to Genoa. A wide range of opinions and political backgrounds were represented at the meeting.
Other Genoa reportback meetings included 80 people in Sheffield, 70 in Glasgow, 70 in Camden, 35 in Leeds and 17 at Guildhall University.