We had a server outage, and we're rebuilding the site. Some of the site features won't work. Thank you for your patience.
imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Provocateurs in Genoa: News media accounts

by Pnews Friday, Jul. 27, 2001 at 1:46 AM

Pretty incredible account by, yes, AP, of all organizations... on provocateurs



|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

Subscribe or Unsubscribe to PNEWS Forums --> http://pnews.org/signup.shtml

PNEWS-L on the WEB -> http://maelstrom.stjohns.edu/archives/pnews-l.html

|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

From: portsideMod

[Here are two media-based reports indicating police

infiltration of and involvement with "Black Bloc"

violence in Genoa. Victor Grossman cites reports

appearing in the German and Italian press.

In the second account, an Associated Press reporter

says, "The police charged the crowd after a small

group of masked men and women who appeared to be

police agents staged a fight at the edge of the park

in full view of a line of riot police."

-- psMod]

From: "Victor Grossman" Subject: Genoa violence

Was the "Black Bloc" of Genoa not so black after all?

("Black" in European parlance often indicates the

anarchists.)

The left-wing press in Berlin (e.g. "Neues

Deutschland") notes that some eye-witnesses saw

"anarchists" from the "Black Bloc" getting out of

police cars and passing into the fenced-in "Red Zone"

with no difficulty. They say the men spoke German and

Spanish. The Italian Communist newspaper

"Liberazione" was quoted saying that police forces

from other countries may have been helping their

Italian colleagues - without uniform - by provoking

the politically desirable violence. A 40-year-old

woman from London, Rosy Kirwan, from the organization

"Globalise Resistance" was quoted directly: "On

Friday we were on the Piazza Manin for a peace rally

with prayers, jazz music and book stands, when

suddenly the anarchists of the 'Black Bloc' turned

up. The police were nearby but did nothing. When the

anarchists departed the police attacked our peaceful

demonstration with no holds barred, even attacking a

minister, who had fled to a side street and was on

the ground."

According to the Swiss sociologist Riccardo Petrella

there were many indications that groups of the "Black

Bloc" were infiltrated by the police. This was

confirmed by the independent media network Indymedia

and the Italian film maker Dario de Ferrario, who

showed the film of a colleague showing government

agents who put on "No G8" T-shirts and mixed with the

demonstrators. The whole "Black Bloc" was not made up

of policemen, of course, Petrella said. "We agree

with the criticism and the analysis of capitalist

institutions but not with the methods employed

against them." In view of the ignorance of

organizations like the G8 the members of the "Black

Bloc" evidently saw "no possibility to achieve

anything without violence," the sociologist said. In

the last analysis the "Black Bloc" was a "useful

instrument for police strategy" (from "Neues

Deutschland," July 23 and 24, 2001).

Left-wingers in Berlin recalled that at one of the

annual May Day demonstrations which, as almost every

year, ended in violence, police radio calls were

intercepted directing some of the supposed "masked

anarchists" to the desired areas.



*************************************************

Associated Press

June 24, 2001

Globalization protest turns violent in Spain

BARCELONA, Spain

Riot police made what appeared to be an unprovoked

attack Sunday on anti-globalization protesters

gathered in a city park following a midday march down

a main boulevard. At least 32 people were slightly

injured and 19 were arrested.

Thousands of screaming and shouting demonstrators,

some with small children, fled in panic as the police

pushed into the crowd behind shields, wielding

truncheons and firing blank gunshots.

''We raised our arms and shouted, 'Peace, Peace,' but

they just kept coming,'' said a woman who identified

herself as Yolanda.

The march along Passeig de Gracia and rally at the

Plaza de Cataluna - along with other weekend

activities - were organized to coincide with a World

Bank meeting originally scheduled for this week.

Officials canceled the meeting last week to avoid

violent protests that have marred meetings of global

and regional institutions in the past two years.

The march was largely peaceful, but some store

windows were broken along the route, among them a

Burger King restaurant and a Swatch store. Small

groups of men and women taunted riot police.

Thousands of other demonstrators joined the marchers

at the park following the march. They had been

peacefully listening to speakers and chanting slogans

when the police swept through the plaza.

The police charged the crowd after a small group of

masked men and women who appeared to be police agents

staged a fight at the edge of the park in full view

of a line of riot police standing in front of police

vans. A few dozen demonstrators were pulled into the

violence.

''Police provoked the fight. They were part of it,''

said Ada Colau, a spokeswoman for the Campaign

Against the World Bank, one of the protest

organizations.

Reporters watched as the police appeared to use the

staged scuffle as bait to pull protesters into it and

then use it as a pretext to charge into the park. A

second charge emptied the park within minutes.

The masked assailants, some of them apparently

wearing earphones, had gathered in groups on the

fringes of the protest march as it arrived at the

park after passing down a dozen blocks of the

boulevard.

They were wearing knapsacks and carrying sticks, but

were able to walk freely past police, pull on their

masks and position themselves between the edge of the

crowd in the park and the police lines 25 yards away.

The fight began when one man grabbed another and

pulled him to the ground. Others from the same group

began kicking and slugging each other.

When demonstrators saw what was going on and joined

the fight, the police charged into the park. The men

and women involved in the scuffle walked through the

police line and boarded the vans.

A reporter asked one of them if they were police. He

at first said yes, and then said no, before walking

undeterred by police to the vans.

State television said 19 people were arrested, and

the news agency Efe quoted emergency medical services

as saying 32 were slightly injured with bumps and

bruises.

Anti-globalization activists from a potpourri of

organizations have been showing up at summits of the

World Trade Organization, International Monetary Fund

and the World Bank, institutions they claim widen the

gap between rich and poor.

Some protests resulted in violent clashes with the

police, most recently at the European Summit held in

Goteborg, Sweden, this month, when several people

were wounded by gunshots fired by the police.



__________________________________________________

Do You Yahoo!?

Make international calls for as low as $.04/minute with Yahoo! Messenger

http://phonecard.yahoo.com/



portside (the left side in nautical parlance) is a

news, discussion and debate service of the Committees

of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism. It

aims to provide varied material of interest to people

on the left.

|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

TheGolemsPlace -----> http://pnews.org/ (Where everything begins)

Articles from PNEWS -----------> http://pnews.org/art/art.shtml

TheGolemsPortal - http://pnews.org/mall/1index.shtml (Site Index)

335 message board forums -------> http://pnews.org/mall/mb.html

Black Hills Gold ------------> http://pnews.org/mall/chjane.shtml

|||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||



Report this post as:

© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy