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
latest news
best of news




A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA 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


by Norman Solomon Friday, Jul. 27, 2001 at 8:50 PM

Time's article concluded. "It is not too much to hope that the next time his friends stoop to pick up a cobblestone, they will remember a lesson learned when plows first broke the Mesopotamian earth: You reap what you sow."


By Norman Solomon / Creators Syndicate

After a police officer shot Carlo Giuliani in the head, Time magazine published a requiem of sorts -- explaining that the 23-year-old Italian protester pretty much got what he deserved.

"One man died in Genoa; a man, we must presume, who was swayed by the false promise that violence -- not peaceful protest, not participation in the democratic process -- is the best way to advance a political cause,"

Time's article concluded. "It is not too much to hope that the next time his friends stoop to pick up a cobblestone, they will remember a lesson learned when plows first broke the Mesopotamian earth: You reap what you sow."

The sanctimonious tone, etched with gratification, was not unique to the largest newsmagazine in the United States. Quite a few commentators seemed to accept -- or even applaud -- the killing of Giuliani as rough

justice. "Excuse me if I don't mourn for the young man who was shot dead by police during the economic summit," wrote Houston Chronicle columnist Cragg Hines. "It was tragic, but he was asking for it, and he got it."

In Genoa, assaults by Italian police were systematic and widespread, causing hundreds of serious injuries. But American news accounts tended to be cryptic. "Italian police raided a school building housing activists and arrested all 92 people inside," the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. "Afterward, the building was covered with pools of blood and littered with smashed computers. Several reporters at the school were hurt; one had his arm broken. Police said 61 of the detainees had been wounded in riots that preceded the raid, but neighbors described hours of beatings and screaming coming from the school during the raid."

On Wednesday, when I called the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Manhattan-based group had not yet issued a statement. But program director Richard M. Murphy told me: "CPJ is extremely concerned by reports

that working journalists were attacked by both police and protesters while covering street demonstrations at the Genoa summit." The comment was evenhanded to a fault. The vast majority of the reported attacks on

journalists were by police.

Unlike colleagues assaulted while displaying press credentials, reporter John Elliott was on an undercover assignment among protesters. Watching a water cannon move through tear gas, "I felt a massive blow to

the back of my head," he wrote in the Sunday Times of London. "For a second my vision whited out. I had been hit by a police truncheon."

As more police ran toward him, Elliott quickly tried to regain his journalistic identity by yelling, "Giornalista inglese!" But the clubbing went on. "Two policemen dragged me along the ground, shouted at me in

Italian and then hit me some more. My cycling helmet disintegrated under their blows. Truncheons whacked my back, arms and shins. They dragged me over railway lines towards a signal box where I was ordered to put my head on a steel rail. I tried to obey, unable to believe this was happening. Gripped by fresh impulses of violence, they started kicking my head, back and legs. Repeatedly they pushed me to the ground for a fresh pasting."

News accounts routinely declared that the fatality in Genoa was unprecedented. But an essay in the London-based Guardian debunked that media myth. "The members of the Landless Movement of Brazil (MST) could tell you that Carlo Giuliani ... is not the first casualty of the movement challenging neoliberal globalization around the world," Katharine Ainger wrote. "The MST suffer ongoing persecution for their campaign for land reform in Brazil, their opposition to the World Bank's program of market-led land reform and to the corporate control of agriculture through

patents on seed."

Ainger cited other deaths that have gone virtually unreported in mass media: "Recently, three students protesting against World Bank privatization were shot in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Young men fighting World Bank-imposed water privatization have been tortured and killed in Cochabamba, Bolivia."

Meanwhile, around the planet, those who perish from lack of food or drinkable water or health care have little media presence. The several thousand children who die from easily preventable diseases each morning, and afternoon, and evening, remain largely media abstractions. When will news outlets really scrutinize the profit-driven violence that takes their lives?

While such institutionalized violence is massive and continuous, supporters of corporate globalizing agendas benefit from the propaganda value of the street violence by "Black Bloc" participants in Genoa (who,

according to eyewitness accounts, comprised no more than 2 percent of the protesters there). It would be surprising if those Black Bloc units were not heavily infiltrated by government-paid provocateurs and the like.

Historically, covert police agents have often pushed for -- and helped to implement -- violent actions in isolation from a mass base. In sharp contrast, there is scant record of police agents trying to foment militant, nonviolent civil disobedience on a large scale.

A global movement with literally millions of participants is continuing to organize against the colossal daily violence of the world's biggest institutions. Progressive websites that are genuinely grassroots and international -- like www.indymedia.org and www.zmag.org -- reflect vibrant resistance to a corporatized future. Other futures are possible, to the extent that people are determined to create them.


Norman Solomon's weekly syndicated column focuses on media and politics.

His latest book is "The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media."

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