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Mon Aug 27 2001
PublixTheatre Caravan Released; Dozens Still in Genoa Jails
PublixTheatre Caravan Released; Dozens Still in Genoa Jails
San Francisco - Art is Not a Crime! A performance marathon will take place on Thurs, Aug 23rd from 4PM to midnight at the Italian Consulate to pressure Italian officials to drop the charges against the PublixTheatre Caravan and release all Genoa/G8 activists from Italian jails.

Latest Update [8/20]: All 25 PublixTheatre participants have been released. It remains unclear whether anyone will ultimately face trial. Read a recent interview with some members of the caravan.

Twenty-five members of the PublixTheatreCaravan, including Bryn Mawr student Susan Thomas, East Bay FNB volunteer and Bay Area activist Andy Stoffel, and one other, were arrested on July 22th while attempting to leave Italy following the demonstrations against the G8 Summit. The Caravan still faces multiple charges, including Membership in a Criminal Organization (the group is being scapegoated as alleged 'black bloc leaders') and Destruction/Looting. Police evidence is limited to black t-shirts and theater props. The charges could carry prison sentences of up to 15 years. PublixTheatre was part of No Border No Nation caravans which are traveling throughout Europe this summer. These groups participate in political and cultural events to highlight the increasing repression at national borders and of problems associated with globalization. Join the call for the activists' immediate release by signing an online petition. Read the Caravan's first statement from jail and get more information on ways to offer much needed public support. Austria IMC | Italy IMC

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