Mark, Larry, Kat (thanx for the book!),
I've heard the call, sorry for not having been here for a long time. I was in Portugal all August and didn't use the computer very often indeed, nor read many news, so I don't know what's going on with that girl now. But I can tell you that everybody saw and understood what happened there, and a lot of lawyers, doctors, politicians and common people in Italy and everywhere are carefully concerning about this so that truth can come out and nothing and no people are forgotten.
I copy here a reply to the PM Mark sent me so I don't have to write the same thing twice.
Always keep an eye on www.italy.indymedia.org and www.indymedia.org; also www.mir.it, a site created by independent medias to report on the G8 and its consequences, has some news in English sometimes.
thank you for writing me, I haven't been on the 'Cat for a while due mostly to lack of time. The G8 in Genoa was such a mess that I wouldn't know where to start to tell you about; I was there and luckily in the part of the demo that wasn't beated by the police, but you can't really imagine what happened there.
The shortest way to tell you about this is:
Police NEVER did anything serious against violent "protesters"; a lot of them were disguised policemen - several witness report have seen people with petrol bombs and sticks in their hands talking quietly with the police!!! and also neo-nazi people seem to have mixed with them to make mess and throw shame against leftists protesters.
The reason why it happened is because they needed an excuse to attack the peaceful protesters. We were a lot of people wanting to change the system and this scares somebody. Old people, children, disabled people, people who were there just for mere case have been beated, had tear gas all around, were arrested and harassed in the barracks, were nearly hit by police trucks... Believe me, it was horrible, I hope your TVs showed something, we all saw policemen beating people who were walking with their hands raised up, people who were already laying on the ground... It looked like a south american regime.
Well, you don't know me very well, but I'm the kind of person who jokes about everything, really everything. But Genoa is maybe the only thing in my life I can't really joke about.
In the Genoa days my first source of information was www.italy.indymedia.org, it had news in English too. Now most of the news are about people still convicted and about political responses to Genoa. I think you should take a look there.
Thank you again, I hope I'll have more time to spend on the Mudcat and I also hope next time we meet we can talk about less depressing subjects.