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(en) EU is not yet ready for fascism - MEDIA: Greek charges Italian police for G8

From "Viviane Lerner" <vlerner@interpac.net>
Date Thu, 23 Aug 2001 09:34:24 -0400 (EDT)

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> http://www.ekathimerini.com/news/content.asp?id=96612


Greek charges Italian police for G8

An Athens prosecutor has brought charges against Italian policemen and
public order authorities involved in the attack last month on Greek
anti-globalization protesters trying to disembark at an Italian port on
their way to the Group of Eight summit in Genoa.
Following a suit tabled on July 27 by pharmacist Theodoros Dritsas, 53 - one
of the seven Greeks injured by Italian riot police in Ancona - prosecutor
Panayiotis Angelopoulos charged "unknown" Italian police officers with
illegally holding, and causing grievous bodily harm to, the protesters.

He also charged "all responsible" with instigating grievous bodily harm.

When the ferry Blue Star II docked at Ancona on July 19, police prevented
three of the 18 coaches containing Greek demonstrators headed for Genoa from
continuing. Some 140 people were not allowed to leave the ship, or were
pulled off other buses to be deported. When they staged a sit-down protest
on the ship's loading ramp, they were charged by baton-wielding riot police
and driven into the ferry hold. The incident drew a strong diplomatic
protest from Athens which accused the Italian officers of brutality.
Government Spokesman Dimitris Reppas rejected the Italian account -
according to which the Greeks started the fighting - as "a distortion of

Angelopoulos instructed port authorities in Patras - where the ferry is
registered - to investigate the incident, how many Greeks were deported, who
caused the fighting and whether the Italian policemen were acting under

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