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Italy examines G8 riot police case
Genoa riots, 2001
Riot police confront a protester on the streets of Genoa, 2001
Italian authorities have set a date for an initial hearing into 29 officers accused of brutality in their policing of anti-capitalist protests in Genoa.

About 100,000 anti-globalisation activists came to Genoa in July 2001 to protest at a summit of G8 leaders.

As the demonstration turned violent, one protester was shot dead by police and many others were injured.

Separately, 25 activists are on trial on charges of theft, vandalism and possession of explosives.

Blood-stained walls

A series of hearings into the police response to the protests is set to start on 26 June and is expected to continue into July.

The police officers scheduled to appear in the hearing include a number of senior personnel accused of involvement in a night-time raid on a school where many protesters were staying.

A number of protesters say the police beat them in their sleep, while local media the next day showed pictures of blood-stained walls, smashed computers and windows.

An internal inquiry into police behaviour during the summit resulted in disciplinary action against the head of Italy's anti-terrorism unit, the country's second highest-ranking police officer, and the Genoa police chief.

The police say they were responding to violent tactics adopted by extremists amongst the protesters.

Cars were torched, shops and offices were vandalised and policemen were attacked during the protest.

A police officer accused of shooting dead a protester was later cleared by a judge who said he had acted in self-defence.




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