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Genoa from the Socialist Worker archive

Sam Ashman and Matthew Cookson reported for Socialist Worker at the time – here are some extracts

Issue No. 2261

‘The march through Genoa last Saturday was five times the size of the protest in Seattle in November 1999.

It showed the unity between workers, environmentalists, students and activists which can take the anti-capitalist movement forward.

When students began singing the Italian “Red Flag”, “Bandiera Rossa”, workers in the FIOM union let out a massive cheer and raised clenched fists.

They joined in the singing, and the two groups marched down the road together.’

Socialist Worker reported on the brutal police violence against the demonstrators:

‘A police official told the local TV station in Genoa that “thousands of anarchists attacked with stones, bars and sticks”. But even the TV interviewer was incredulous at such a vulgar lie.

Sam Ashman saw what happened: “The police fired repeated volleys of teargas and drove two armoured cars straight at protesters.

“A young woman had her face smashed open and dripped with blood. A young man lay spreadeagled on the floor, with blood rushing out of both of his ears.” ’

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