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News :: Human Rights
Martin Shaw from Biodev2000 in the news
15 Feb 2006
Martin Shaw helped organize Biodev2000 here inBoston. He was nearly killed during a G8 action in Evian in '03. Now the cops involved are on trial.
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Swiss Police face jail after nearly killing two activists in Evian 2003

In May 2003, an affinity group blockaded the Aubonne Bridge in order to stop a G8 delegation from reaching the summit in Evian. The police cut the climbing rope and nearly killed two activists. Now the policeman who cut the rope and his senior officer are in court. From the 13th to the 15th of February three judges presided over the trial. More than 25 witnesses including senior police officers and activists who were on the bridge were scheduled to give evidence during the trial in Nyon. The officers are charged with causing severe bodily harm with negligence. Martin Shaw fell some 25 metres and his injuries included a broken back, broken pelvis and a shattered foot. Despite numerous operations, he will never make a complete recovery. The charges also include bodily harm against the second climber, Gesine Wenzel who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder for more than a year.

This court case is the result of three-years of public and legal pressure after the initial judge appointed to investigate the case showed clear bias in refusing to pursue the matter. In Switzerland, the police usually enjoy a relatively high-degree of impunity and are protected by all manner of legal bureaucracy. Despite many complaints against the police having been made, this are the first such charges to be brought to court in over twenty years. The verdict will be announces Friday, 17th of February at 11.45 am

The Aubonne-Bridge collective has released a political statement in which they acknowledge the contradiction inherent in pursuing a legal case through a justuce system whose legitimacy they don't recognize, while outlining the reasons in which they have still chosen to do this. These reasons include challenging the impunity of the police, trying to highlight the cracks in the fa├žade of liberal-democracy and to promote a greater awareness of the incompetence and violence that the police are capable of.

The trial is taking place at the same time that 29 police officers in Italy are in court for a variety of acts of violence and brutality against protestors during the G8 summit in Genoa.

Links:
Aubonne Bridge Solidarity Campaign : www.aubonnebridge.net
Watch the video of the action: http://www.aubonnebridge.net/video.php
Pig Brother: Compiling information on police brutality in Switzerland:
http://www.ssi-media.com/pigbrother/e/
Activist Trauma Network: http://www.activist-trauma.net/
More info on Genoa trials: http://indymedia.org.uk/en/2006/02/333037.html

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Re: Martin Shaw from Biodev2000 in the news
16 Feb 2006
poor baby. do it hurts and have a tempature?
Re: Martin Shaw from Biodev2000 in the news
17 Feb 2006
I remember Martin--great guy. I hope that he's successful in this case.
Re: Martin Shaw from Biodev2000 in the news
17 Feb 2006
Moron tries to block a legally held meeting because he has nothing better to do and he gets hurt. Methinks that's Gods way of culling the herd. Maybe it will stop him from fathering another village idiot?
Re: Martin Shaw from Biodev2000 in the news
19 Feb 2006
fuck the police comin straight from the underground

same in the bronx
same in boss-town
same in evian

it's a power trip thing, get it jerkoff?