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Genoa Social Forum promotes NONVIOLENCE. "Weapons" found at brutal police raid.
Genoa Social Forum (GSF) is the umbrella organization that was the main organizer of the peaceful G8 rallies, marches, and educational events. To coincide with the G8 summit meeting July 20-22, 2001. Over a thousand groups eventually worked with GSF. GSF did NOT approve violent, offensive direct action, and here are their web pages below to prove it. GSF specifically stated they were for NONVIOLENT ACTION. GSF could not possibly control all the participants in G8 protests, but they did the best they could to promote nonviolence.
GSF could not search all the people that came and went frequently from their open forums, rallies, sleeping areas, organizing areas, etc.. GSF DID try to get the more militant groups to agree not to do any violent direct action at GSF events. See the GSF webpages below.
The police raided a GSF place where people were sleeping, and brutally beat dozens of people, some to unconsciousnes and coma, and THEN found some so-called weapons, mostly building construction materials, from the GSF building. Part of the GSF building was under repair. The police did not bother to first raid known black block and anarchist sleeping sites that were not affiliated with GSF. Probably because they were afraid of getting their asses kicked. So the police went after the nonviolent sites. What wimps these police are in Italy.
Horrific raid on GSF and IMC Genoa : Report. "As to the 'weapons' they found in the school, the place was as we said earlier was under repair, a small section blocked off and littered with pipes and building materials etc.. Like us they too had knives (and forks!) for cooking and eating."
Genoa Social Forum. From F.A.Q. for all people who will go to Genoa. "Do not carry any object that can be considered an offensive weapon." A small folding knife for cutting crusty European bread, European cheese, meats, etc. is NOT an offensive weapon. Otherwise millions of tourists who visit Europe and Italy each year would go to jail.
Manifestations, Demonstrations, and events. See the comments section in English farther down the page. "Every action ought to be pacific and nonviolent actions."
Genoa Social Forum. PUBLIC FORUM "ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE." July 16-22, 2001 calendar of events, forums, roundtables, speakers. Before and during G8 summit in Genoa. Proof of the broad spectrum of groups involved.
Latest reports of July 22, 2001 Italy Indymedia and Genoa Social Forum raid, brutality, injuries, torture, arrests, detention, aftermath. LINKS.