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Riot police clash with protesters in Milan
12 Nov 2000
Police in riot gear clashed with hundreds of anti-globalisation protesters in central Milan, firing tear gas to bring the demonstration under control, witnesses said.
November 11, 2000
Web posted at: 3:23 PM EST (2023 GMT)

MILAN, Italy (Reuters) -- Police in riot gear clashed with hundreds of anti-globalisation protesters in central Milan, firing tear gas to bring the demonstration under control, witnesses said.

About 500 demonstrators from left- and right-wing groups threw stones and set fire to police barricades on Saturday to protest against a meeting in the city of the Trilateral Commission, an organisation of business and political leaders.

Waving banners reading "Down with anti-social capitalism" and "May the fight for freedom never die," the demonstrators included members of Italy's neo-fascist Forza Nuova party and representatives from far-left squatters' groups.

After three hours of skirmishes, police said they had brought the situation under control.

"We deployed more than 200 men to the area and the situation is now calm," a police spokesman said.

Delegates to the two-day Trilateral Commission conference, including Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan, were unaware of the disturbances as police cordoned off a wide area around the hotel where they met.

Other delegates to the meeting included the chairmen of oil companies BP Amoco and Shell, the heads of several international banks, the European Commissioner for competition policy, Mario Monti, and Sirkka Hamalainen, a member of the board of the European Central Bank.

Earlier this year, anti-globalisation protesters disrupted a joint meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Prague.
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Demo in Milan ends up with heavy riots
13 Nov 2000
(en) Demo in Milan ends up with heavy riots

From "Giuliano"
Date Mon, 13 Nov 2000 15:14:57 -0500 (EST)

A - I N F O S N E W S S E R V I C E


The meeting of the Trilateral Commission -- a creature of the Rockfeller
Association -- held in Milan last Saturday was the indirect source of a 3
hours street battle between Social Centers activists on a side and police +
neonazists on the other. Hundreds of teargas grenades, burned cars, 17
comrades arrested, 20 people wounded, a large city block thrown completely
into chaos by wild police attacks: all this to protect a couple of hundreds
neonazists of Forza Nuova trying to hold a demonstration against what they
call the "Jewish globalization".

The nazists, coming from the whole Northern Italy, gathered in the
discoteque "De Sade" from 1 PM on. About 1 hour before, a group of students
of the high school "Vittorio Veneto", occupied since a week, was attacked
by a nazist gang just outside the school premises. When the rumour of the
nazist attack arrived at the demonstration called by the Social Centers at
3 PM to protest against fascism and capitalism, 2,000 - 3,000 comrades
decided to pay a visit to those rats and give them what they deserve.

Quickly the cops surrounded the area, making it impossible for the demo to
move towards the nazists. But they forgot to check the subway. After 1 hour
of peaceful confrontation -- the comrades willing to pass, the cops
forbidding it, it was decided to bypass the police blockade by taking the
subway. Quickly everybody stepped on the trains, to gather again in a point
much closer to the discoteque used by the rats for their meeting.

The move took the cops by surprise and the comrades could re-organize the
demo heading straight ahead towards the nazists, while the law-and-order
forces were stuck in the huge traffic jam created by their own blockade.
For a moment it really looked like the comrades could reach the nazists and
remind them that Milan is no good place for them; but alas the police lines
guarding the discoteque resisted long enough to allow the other cops to
reach the area.

Then the real riot broke out, and it was a mess.

However, despite the super-violent police reaction (possibly they were
pissed off because of the subway trick), the comrades resisted for a good 3
hours forcing the nazi rats to stay inside the discoteque protected by the
police. And, since the hotel hosting the Commission meeting was quite near,
the police was forced to lock the delegates inside as well till the
situation cooled off.

It was a glorious day against fascism and capitalism which saw Social
Centers citywide for once united. Now our concern must go to the 17
comrades arrested, which are still emprisoned and which will see only
tomorrow the judge validating or rejecting the arrestation. None of the 20
wounded people taken to the hospitals -- comrades and passers-by beaten by
the cops -- is in worrying conditions, but of course the comrades will be