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Memoirs give a real flavour of Genoa days

by Matthew Cookson
Issue No. 1808

THE HUGE protests against the G8 in Genoa last July were a major step forward for the anti-capitalist movement. Jonathan Neale's new book, You Are G8, We Are 6 Billion, captures the joy and the fear that the 300,000 people involved in the protests in Genoa felt.

It is a personal account by Jonathan, who was one of the organisers of the protests in the Genoa Social Forum. It records his experiences over the weeks leading up to the G8 meeting, and then the events of Genoa itself. It also has chapters dealing with all the different issues that made people want to protest against the leaders of the rich countries.

For those who were in Genoa Jonathan's book brings back the exuberance of marching united with hundreds of thousands of people against capitalism. It also makes you recall the anger and the terror people felt at the police brutality, including the killing of Carlo Giuliani, and the vicious beating and arrest of protesters.

Those who weren't in Genoa can get the true story and flavour of the protests from You Are G8, We Are 6 Billion. If you want to read about the hope that the growing anti-capitalist movement can stop our leaders in their tracks and change the world, then get this book.

You Are G8, We Are 6 Billion by Jonathan Neale is available from Bookmarks for £10. Phone 020 7637 1848 or go to

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Sat 13 Jul 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1808
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