BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: World: Europe
Front Page 
World 
Africa 
Americas 
Asia-Pacific 
Europe 
Middle East 
South Asia 
-------------
From Our Own Correspondent 
-------------
Letter From America 
UK 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 



The BBC's Bill Hayton in Genoa
"I saw three people taken out unconscious, beaten by police"
 real 28k

Sunday, 22 July, 2001, 05:41 GMT 06:41 UK
Eyewitness: Genoa police raid
Protesters raise their hands in surrender as the police raid their centre
Protesters raise their hands in surrender as the police raid their centre
By Bill Hayton in Genoa

Hundreds of Italian police backed by a helicopter raided two schools being used by campaigners around midnight local time (2200 GMT).

Protester making a V sign as police advance
Some protesters are trained in non-violent action
I was visiting one of them.

It was being used by the campaigners to put material up onto the internet.

Along with about 100 protesters, I was herded into a corridor and made to wait while police searched the premises for weapons.

Heavy policing

To my knowledge, they found nothing.

They left after an Italian MP arrived and told them to go.

An injured protester lies on the streets of Genoa awaiting treatment
An injured protester lies on the streets of Genoa awaiting treatment
Across the road though it was a different story.

The school there was being used to train campaigners in non-violent direct action.

The protesters may have put up some resistance but the police response was heavy and dramatic.

The occupants say they were made to stand against walls and then beaten by four policemen.

Unconscious

Police firing tear gas
Campaigners are convinced the police were taking revenge
Evenly spaced pools of blood now lie on the corridor floor.

Around 20 people were taken to hospital.

I saw some of them being carried out unconscious.

Another 20 walked out with severe bruising.

They left behind hundreds of shocked and angry young campaigners convinced this was police revenge for the riots of the past two days.

Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
BBC RADIO NEWS
BBC ONE TV NEWS
WORLD NEWS SUMMARY
PROGRAMMES GUIDE
See also:

21 Jul 01 | Europe
Blair appeals to G8 protesters
20 Jul 01 | Business
Economic vigilance needed warns G8
21 Jul 01 | Media reports
Newspapers lament Genoa violence
20 Jul 01 | Business
G8 leaders focus on world poverty
19 Jul 01 | Europe
G8 protesters take to the streets
19 Jul 01 | Europe
Bush's agenda for Genoa
21 Jul 01 | Europe
Protest death divides Genoese
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Europe stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Europe stories