Prisoners forced to run between lines of baton waving police and chant in praise of Italy’s former fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.
That was the terrible conclusion to the Italian state’s response to protests against the G8 summit in Genoa seven years ago this week. Silvio Berlusconi’s government criminalised the protests using a propaganda campaign.
Italian police shot dead demonstrator Carlo Giuliani. They then attacked a huge, peaceful march the day after his killing.
Not content with that they carried out a raid on the protest’s press centre and a dormitory. The police dragged off 250 people to an illegal detention centre outside the city where they were beaten. Three people were left in a coma.
Fifteen Italian officers and medical staff have been found guilty this week of abusing the detainees – including the camp commander who was sentenced to five years.
Seven years ago protests spread like wildfire across Italy in response to the state’s attacks in Genoa. The same response is required today to a government that is sanctioning attacks on immigrants and Roma people.