Media Missing New Evidence About Genoa Violence

| January 22, 2003 Issue

Remember the protests in Genoa, Italy, in July, 2001, when violent protesters demonstrating outside a G8 summit clashed with police in a brutal melee that left one dead, a protester shot by a police officer, and dozens injured on both sides of the barricades? As it turns out, the picture painted by the American media at the time was largely a lie, says media watchdog group Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR).

A recent FAIR advisory details the body of new evidence that has come to light in an Italian parliamentary inquiry, in which the Genoa police “have admitted to fabricating evidence against globalization activists in an attempt to justify police brutality during [the] protests.” The most egregious offense was a police raid on the school that served as headquarters of the Genoa Social Forum, where 72 of the 93 activists arrested suffered injuries, some critical. All were later released without charge, but not before police planted two molotov cocktails at the site to provide a justification for their actions.