ROME - Tens of thousands of people, many shouting
''killers, killers,'' protested throughout Italy on Tuesday
against the use of police force that left one person dead and
more than 230 injured at the G8 summit in Genoa.
There were no immediate reports of serious violence as the
anti-globalization marches were still in progress in Rome,
Genoa, Florence, Bologna, Palermo and a host of other smaller
cities across Italy.
Demonstrators threw eggs at police headquarters in the
southern city of Taranto and bags of red paint at police
headquarters in Naples.
A banner reading: "Assassins" is carried by demonstrators through downtown Rome Tuesday, July 24, 2001. Tens of thousands of people marched through the streets of various Italian cities to remember the death of 23-year-old Carlo Giuliani, a protester shot dead by Carabinieri during the G8 protests in Genoa. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)
The largest crowd was in Rome, more than 40,000 people
marched along central streets holding banners and led by a
number of leftists politicians.
``Killers, killers,'' the protesters shouted as police in
riot gear and with teargas canisters at the ready kept watch
near the central Via del Corso.
The crowd in Rome was bigger than expected and spilled out
of a small square that had been slated for a closing rally.
The protesters in Rome locked arms and symbolically circled
the grassy roundabout in central Piazza Venezia, bringing
traffic to a halt.
Some 10,000 people protested peacefully in Genoa, where
last weekend about 200,000 people took the streets during the
Group of Eight (G8) summit of world leaders and a core of
anti-capitalist activists bent on violence clashed with police
and caused millions of dollars of damage.
One protester, Carlo Giuliani, 23, was killed by a police
bullet when he and other demonstrators assaulted a police van.
Police and government figures said the officer who fired
the shot was acting in self-defense to escape what they called
a lynching attempt.
Last weekend's demonstration in Genoa began with a huge
banner reading ``You: G8, Us: 6 million.''
In a tribute to the dead protester, the banner that led the
demonstration in Rome read ``You G8, Us: 5,999,999.''
The protesters demanded the resignation of Interior
Minister Claudio Scajola, a senior figure in the conservative
Forza Italia party led by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
The opposition center-left Olive Tree bloc, which lost a
general election to Berlusconi last May, has put forward a
formal no-confidence motion against Scajola in parliament.
During the summit in Genoa, police arrested 280 protesters,
many of them foreign nationals.
Amnesty International has urged Italy to respect the rights
of protesters detained and allow them access to lawyers and
The London-based international human rights organization
said some foreign nationals arrested in Genoa had not yet been
allowed to contact their consulates, lawyers or families.
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