|Sunday, July 22 8:45 AM SGT
Police in brutal raid on G8 protesters' press centreGENOA,
Italy, July 22 (AFP) -
Italian police conducted a brutal lightning raid on the press
centre of the anti-globalisation movement Genoa Social Forum early
Sunday, AFP journalists reported.
The raid began shortly after midnight and ended just before 2 am
Yelling, the police smashed open the door and barged into the
building on the via Cesare Battisti where there were around 50
As people threw themselves on the ground they were kicked and
clubbed by the police. Around 40 were injured in the raid, according
to the Forum, a figure that was disputed by Genoa police.
Afterwards there was blood all over the place. One injured man
with a huge bruise on his cheek said young policemen continued to
club and kick people on the ground even when an officer shouted at
them to stop.
The police were looking for film and photographs in the
possession of the organizers of the anti-G8 demonstrations which
degenerated into violence Friday and Saturday, resulting in one
death and many wounded in clashes with security forces, the GSF