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2 Arrested at Boston Genoa Solidarity Demo
23 Jul 2001
Modified: 09:30:30 PM
Demonstration at the Italian Consulate in Boston gets hairy when red paint is thrown at the consulate door, splattering police and protesters alike.
Two people were arrested in a boisterous protest at the Italian Consulate on Boylston Street today, as activists rallied to express outrage at the brutality and repression that marked the G8 summit meeting in Genoa, Italy this past weekend.

The protest began around noon, and lasted for approximately one hour. Activists carried signs denouncing police atrocities, state repression, and the G8 leaders. A chalk outline was drawn in front of the consulate, with red wine poured on the ground to symbolize the bloodshed at the Genoa protests.

Towards the end of the picket, the protesters assembled to send delegates inside the consulate. Five representatives of various global justice activists groups in the Boston area were to ask Italian consular officials to lower the Italian flag to half mast in mourning for the young 23-year-old Genovese protester, Carlo Giuliani, who was shot to death by paramilitary police in clashes Friday.

However, as the delegates were denied entrance and chanting began, red paint was thrown from outside the circle at the consulate door, splattering police and protesters alike.

Police eventually made two arrests after chasing protesters down on foot and by police cruisers.

The paint and the arrests cast a pall over an otherwise confrontational but peaceful protest. The incident left the activists bewildered and wondering what to do next. Whether the paint was an act of agent provocateurs, individual activists, or those seeking to discredit the protest has yet to be determined.

However all present voiced the need to show support for those arrested. Solidarity work is just getting started!

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wha?
23 Jul 2001
huh? the last 3 paragraphs seem to contradict each other. are they "legitimate" protestors, "individual" activists (wha?) or agents?

let's get a little more accuracy and a little less propaganda.

throwing red paint is an old tradition of protest, I don't see how it could be conceived to "discredit" the protest.

a little paint on your clothes is nothing compared to the blood in Genoa, the Global South, and of oppressed people's everywhere.

the arrests cast a "pall," but the paint certainly didn't.
Clarification and additional notes
23 Jul 2001
The paint came from outside and most people, if not all the people who were at the protest didn't know it was coming. It was confusing and tense for a few minutes, and activists including this one didn't know what was going to happen next. Eventually, when the arrests were made, and the arrestees identified we knew to show solidarity.

Paint might be a legitimate form of protest at certain times, but when it endangers others who might not know it's coming, it puts others at risk. At this protest, it wasn't necessary, especially at the time it was thrown.
Does Anyone Have Names?
23 Jul 2001
Does anyone have the names of the two arrested? I know a few people who were able to make it today; I unfortunately could not attend. thanks
already?
23 Jul 2001
You guys are already posting stuff? We JUST got home, our car was towed, the impound lot is a FAR walk, across a highway...

will have video later.
Tuesday Morning
23 Jul 2001

Hi everyone.

The names of the arrestees are NOT known. However, it is
known that they are being charged with assault on police
officer, and kept overnight on 25'000 cash bail (we weren't
able to collect that much, so they're staying in jail tonight.)

They will be arraigned tomorrow morning at 9 am at the
Government Center court, near the State T stop on the Green
line. Please come and show support.

We know this much for sure: the charges are excessive and
completely out of line, one police officer did get some paint
in his eye, but he washed it out and was fine 10 minutes
afterwards. That's not assault. Also many people got their
faces and Tshirts and hair splattered, but it's paint, guys,
NOT bullets!!

Another thing to note is that a lot of mainstream media (ABC, chanel 7,
and metro newspaper) showed up after the incident. It might have
to do with the paint, or with a completely unrelated fake bomb scare
that the police invented to prevent us from entering to talk to the
consulate guys. I know, it sounds nuts, but they even called
the bomb squad truck in (what you can do for fun on a calm Monday
afternoon in Boston). By the way, people were entering and leaving
the building freely while we were there, we directed entire families
and other people to the Italian Consulate. So there was no bomb,
just lots of lame excuses as to why we should not go in.

But who knows, there might be something on TV, we tried to keep
the message focused on lack of democracy and excessive police
tactics in Genoa, Italy.

Now if you care at all about Boston, Massachusetts, we'll be seeing
you tomorrow at the court house?

Julia
Solidarity!
23 Jul 2001
25,000$ Bail, clearly politically motivated, the state's attempt to crack down on this fledgling movement. We wont let it stop us, the state and capitalism will fall!

Let us stand together and realize the paint on the building (that then dripped on the cop, geez next sneezing near a cop will be enuff to be classified as assult - if your a threat in the systems eyes) is nothing compared to the blood of Carlo, and the thousands of others around the globe, who are the victims of this global empire of capital.

FREEDOM FOR THE BOSTON 2! JUSTICE FOR CARLO AND ALL VICTIMS OF CAPITAL!

SMASH THE STATE! ABOLISH CAPITALISM!
Paint is HARMLESS
23 Jul 2001
"The paint came from outside..."

I didn't see the paint come from "outside." Are you trying to distance certain groups or tactics?

"Paint might be a legitimate form of protest at certain times, but when it endangers others who might not know it's coming, it puts others at risk."

Exactly how can PAINT endanger people? Lead poisoning in children? ...What else? And, how would it not endanger people if they knew it was coming? Answer: PAINT IS HARMLESS, NOT MATTER WHAT THE COLOR!

"people who were at the protest didn't know it was coming. It was confusing and tense for a few minutes, and activists including this one didn't know what was going to happen next."

I think we should all reflect on how it feels to be on the other side of protest, or at least as a bystander.

"At this protest, it wasn't necessary, especially at the time it was thrown."

That's your opinion. But there are more pressing matters...