in Genoa 3 days of meetings and events

GENOA – On July 19, 2001, over 50,000 people paraded joyfully and peacefully through the streets of Genoa, kicking off three days of massive demonstrations against the heads of state and government of the eight most industrialized countries, gathered in the “fort” of Palazzo Ducale, then go down in history for the violent street clashes, the slaughter of the Diaz school and the torture in the Bolzaneto prison.

Today, 20 years after those terrible days, the initiatives and conferences organized by old and new generation social associations and movements to commemorate what Amnesty International called “the most serious suspension of democratic rights in a Western country after the Second World War ”. Indeed, since yesterday activists and activists from all over Italy have converged in the Ligurian capital to participate in conferences, round tables and events promoted by dozens of organizations and civil society associations on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the G8.

After yesterday morning’s meeting at the Doge’s Palace, which was attended by some of the protagonists of the 2001 counter-summit, including the former spokesman of the Genoa Social Forum Vittorio Agnoletto, Don Luigi Ciotti and Father Alex Zanotelli, and the Zapatista procession that yesterday evening he crossed the city center, today other initiatives and moments of confrontation are planned as part of the “Genoa ’01, 20 years later, another world is necessary” event.

At 2 pm, in the headquarters of Music For Peace in via Balleyder, the meeting “Comics as a means of social narration and political denunciation from the events of Genoa 2001 to the present day” will be held, which will also be attended by cartoonist and activist ZeroCalcare. At 5.30 pm, in the Sala del Maggior Consiglio of Palazzo Ducale, the debate “Work, society, environment 20 years after the G8 2001: paths for productive reconversion and social inclusion” will take place, in the presence of the Minister of Infrastructures and of Sustainable Mobility, Enrico Giovannini, and of the general secretary of Fiom Cgil, Francesca Re David. This evening, starting at 8 pm, an urban walk from Bolzaneto to the city center is planned, through the symbolic places of the 2001 G8, entitled “Another world is possible, let’s say it with our steps”.

The events for the twentieth anniversary of the G8 in Genoa will continue tomorrow with the conference “The protection of the inviolable rights of those subject to restriction of personal freedom: truth and justice for Emanuele Scalbrin”, dedicated to the 33-year-old young man who died in the police station of Albenga in December 2020, which will also be attended by Ilaria Cucchi, president of the Stefano Cucchi association. In the afternoon at 3 pm a garrison is scheduled in Piazza Alimonda, by the Carlo Giuliani committee, on the twentieth anniversary of the death of the 23-year-old boy killed by the carabiniere Mario Placanica during the clashes between demonstrators and police.

On Wednesday 21 July at Palazzo Ducale the conferences “Which truth and justice for Genoa” are scheduled, with the lawyers of the Legal Team Italia, and “Genoa 2001: what lessons have we learned”, with the journalist Lorenzo Guadagnucci, one of the victims of police raid on Diaz and the magistrate Enrico Zucca, who investigated the violence against unarmed demonstrators in the former headquarters of the Genoa Social Forum. Finally, in the evening at 9 pm a garrison is scheduled in via Cesare Battisti, right in front of the theater school of what the then deputy commissioner Michelangelo Fournier defined as a “Mexican butcher”.

(with source Askanews)

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