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(en) Newzeland, Wellington journalist arrested at Genoa

From "rossgardiner@altavista.net" <six-killer@bigfoot.com>
Date Tue, 24 Jul 2001 03:53:37 -0400 (EDT)


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 Wellington journalist arrested at Genoa
 
Foreign Affairs have confirmed that the New Zealander arrested
at the G8 summit protests in Genoa is Wellington journalist,
Sam Buchanan.  Mr Buchanan, who has worked for a number of
community papers including City Voice, was one of over 90
protesters
arrested late on Saturday night in a police raid of a school
building rented as a sleeping place for anti-globalisation
protestors.  
 All of the protestors have been simultaneously charged with
four charges including unlawful association, possession of a
weapon, obstructing police and attempted murder. It is believed
that the attempted murder charge is in relation to the death of
protester Carlo Giuliana. It is expected however that these
charges will be watered down.
  Wellington anti-globalisation activist and friend of Mr
Buchanan's, Ross Gardiner says, "As media reports say that
those inside the school were so severely beaten up by police
they could not walk, we are naturally very concerned about
Sam's well being.30 ambulances were needed to take the
injured people away. Many of those beaten were asleep at the
time the ploice raided as it was after midnight. We are also
concerned about the charges laid against all the protesters as it
appears obvious that the police arrested any protestor or
independent media person on very dubious grounds. There is
clear photographic evidence that shows police shooting and then
running over Carlo Giuliana, the attempted murder charge is
just bizarre."
   At the same time as the raid on the school building, police also
raided the Independant Media Centre. After smashing their way
in and firing tear gas, they smashed computers and took
documents.    
   Mr Buchanan has been moved with others to a jail in
Alessandra, outside of Genoa, and is not allowed to contact
anyone.  The protesters will be tried collectively in two or three
days.

 This Thursday, 26th of July people will meet at the Italian
Embassy to protest treatment of protestors at the G8 summit
and to show solidarity for Mr Buchanan and others arrested and
injured.
 
Demo 
Thursday 26th July 12 Noon 
Italian Embassy 
34 Grant rd [off Tinakori rd]
 
 
For more info contact
Ross Gardiner on (04) 385 - 7545 or after hours (04) 380 1613
Jo Buchanan on (03) 473 1358

Further information can be obtained from the Independant
Media Centre website:

http://italy.indymedia.org


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