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Bloody G8 protests marked in Genoa with memorial

Granite block to remember death still not investigated

Bloody G8 protests marked in Genoa with memorial

Genoa, July 19 - A block of granite with the phrase, "Carlo Giuliani, young man, July 20, 2001" served as the symbol to mark the 12th anniversary of protests marred by police violence at the 2001 G8 meeting in Genoa. The stone, placed by Genoa port workers in Alimonda Square, will substitute a memorial plaque for the 23-year-old protestor who was slain by police during anti-G8 demonstrations in 2001. Last month, Giuliani's relatives filed a civil suit against former police officer Mario Placanica and Deputy Police Commissioner Adriano Lauro. Giuliani was shot in the face at point-blank range and subsequently run over by a police officer during demonstrations. The young man looked to be in the process of hurling a fire extinguisher at the officer's vehicle when he was shot. "We were denied criminal proceedings that could have uncovered the truth," said Giulio Giuliani, the slain boy's father. "The prosecutor and the judge declined to examine photos taken that day...especially of the photo of a police officer bashing Carlo's head in with a stone. "He had already been shot and was still alive". The family is not asking for compensation in the civil suit. "That is not what we are interested in. We want a trial and we want the government's responsibility to be recognized," said family attorney Gilberto Pagani. Carlo Giuliani's death occurred during two days of mayhem that took place when more than 300,000 demonstrators converged on Genoa for the summit. In total, 252 demonstrators said they were spat at, verbally and physically humiliated or threatened with rape while being held at held at a detention centre in the Bolzaneto barracks. During a night raid by police at the Diaz school, which was being used by G8 protesters as sleeping quarters, three people were left comatose and 26 had to be taken to hospital. Italy's supreme Court of Cassation on June 14 upheld seven prison terms handed to police officers and prison doctors for brutality against protesters, but Carlo Giuliani's death was never investigated.

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