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As "Allies" of Italy, help with post-G8 fall-out America!
03 Aug 2001
Modified: 06 Aug 2001
The Genoa protests are over but what has crawled from under Italy's rugs is fascism. No exaggeration! It's been hatching among the security forces. Don't let it be covered up. Act upon this.
From his Hospital Bed, Marcus:

I am writing for the first time since the terrible events at the IMC/GSF buildings during the night of 21/22 of July 2001. Firstly, I feel that I want to write many things but I will have to keep this short for two reasons, my health and for legal reasons. However, I feel that I must speak about certain events that have happened to me and that I know that everybody in Italy is waiting for news of what I and, if I can speak for, all of the other people that were beaten, tortured and arrested that night in battitista.

I feel that I am risking great retribution as I speak from where I lie in my bed recovering from my injuries but I feel that the Internet and what we are trying to do as Democratic media journalists of the IMC are trying to do, are powerful enough to overcome and bypass the prime minister’s Corporate media empire. It is good though to see that some of the Italian Corporate media journalist’s turning against or ignoring their bosses instructions in the name of the Truth and Democracy.

I say this, because only the Truth and Democracy can fight the forces of Fascism and capitalism that beat me and the rest of us at the IMC/GSF and the Diaz school. As a journalist from the IMC-UK, I can only hope that many Italian journalists as possible follow me, believe in themselves and fight what I have had to do.

I cannot comment on the evidence I have given to the investigating magistrate’s but I do wish to comment on a few issues that have been in the news.

I find the actions of the police 14 hours before my reconstruction (which was ordered by the magistrate for me to attend) very unusual and have left me with the opinion that a cover-up is occurring. It started before Mr Berlusconi said that there would not be one. I ask everyone to consider this, why deport (or attempt to do so) every single person that was beaten, tortured and arrested during the IMC/GSF raid by the Carabineri, without charge?

Second, all of us face a five year ban, so how are we supposed to come back and give evidence to a court to all of the inquires and eventual legal proceedings? So far, I am the only one as far as I know who has managed to give a full statement and present a full case of evidence to the events of that night. What happened to me is not enough to give a full picture to the Italian public, ‘the movement’ and the international community.

Events in the last three day’s have produced some result with the removal and investigation of the police commanders. But it is not enough as far as I am concerned. What happened in that street that night and then later at the detention camp show that what happened could have been planned and was not an accident. It is a political issue as well as a legal one. I have full trust in the Italian judiciary to get to heart of the events of that night and the following days. And I await their report that will be finished in September, with keen interest. I only hope that I have the moral courage and the physical strength to continue the fight for justice.

I have come to the conclusion that the prime minister is a puppet of sinister forces at work in Italy. I did not want to believe the chants of those Carabineri that they think they are another form of government but it appears that a few officers and men truly believe this and this is dangerous. I can only hope that a proud police arm as the Carabineri are, can rid themselves of these people and return to serving the people that should trust them for what they are trained for. Believe me this paragraph is a tough one to write but I do not want to brand every Carabineri with the same brush nor do I want to bring ‘the movement’ down on me. I am a non-violent person but I can understand the anger that was expressed that day, because of the death of Carlo Giulanni, but all of us who fight the evils of capitalism must not descend to the level of those who use it, otherwise we will lose the moral high ground of our argument of what we are really fighting for which is a new global democracy, justice and love for the planet.

I must go now. I hope these comments of mine go some way to giving the Italian public (who have given me hope, strength, support and solidarity) and ‘ the movement’ an idea of what is going through my mind at this time of crisis and emotion of my life. I will return and may change my views and I will look at the debate with keen interest with the hope that no –one else like me or Carlos will have to pay the ultimate price. Fuck the G8! I do say though.

In solidarity Marcus ‘Sky!’ Covell.

Everything in life is connected!

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06 Aug 2001
A lesson to be learned from the G-8 Summit Protests: Don't bring a fire extinguisher to a gun fight.
06 Aug 2001
A lesson to be learned from the G-8 Summit protests : "Don't bring a fire extinguisher to a gun fight."