Eyewitness: Genoa police raid

by BBC Tuesday, Jul. 24, 2001 at 12:20 AM

Gear, including the banner in English in background, that police said they had confiscated in a raid at the anti-globalization Genoa Social Forum earlier in the night, at the police headquarters in Genoa, Italy, Sunday, July 22, 2001. Police entered the school, where most of the activists were camping, in search of incriminating material after Friday and Saturday's violence in the streets of Genoa. Dozens were arrested, while ambulances carried away several other injured people after the raid. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

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Sunday, 22 July, 2001, 05:41 GMT 06:41 UK

Eyewitness: Genoa police raid

By Bill Hayton in Genoa

Hundreds of Italian police backed by a helicopter raided two schools being used by campaigners around midnight local time (2200 GMT).

I was visiting one of them.

It was being used by the campaigners to put material up onto the internet.

Along with about 100 protesters, I was herded into a corridor and made to wait while police searched the premises for weapons.

Heavy policing

To my knowledge, they found nothing.

They left after an Italian MP arrived and told them to go.

Across the road though it was a different story.

The school there was being used to train campaigners in non-violent direct action.

The protesters may have put up some resistance but the police response was heavy and dramatic.

The occupants say they were made to stand against walls and then beaten by four policemen.


Evenly spaced pools of blood now lie on the corridor floor.

Around 20 people were taken to hospital.

I saw some of them being carried out unconscious.

Another 20 walked out with severe bruising.

They left behind hundreds of shocked and angry young campaigners convinced this was police revenge for the riots of the past two days.

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