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Tense start to Genoa riot trial

Anti-globalisation activists have gone on trial in the Italian city of Genoa, accused of taking part in riots at the G8 summit there three years ago. A total of 26 protesters are charged with vandalism, robbery and illegal possession of explosives. The defendants, who face up to 15 years in jail if convicted, deny the charges. The trial began in a tense atmosphere, with demonstrators outside the court saying they were brutally beaten by police at the summit in July 2001. More than 700 police, many in riot gear, were deployed to guard the courthouse and monitor the demonstration. “We are here because we haven’t forgotten,” said one protester on Tuesday. “This trial is a symbol of the fact that the wrong people are criminalised. The real criminals are the Group of Eight,” he said. During the summit a 23-year-old demonstrator was shot dead by a policeman. The officer was investigated by prosecutors, but the case was thrown out by a judge who ruled that he was acting in self-defence. Full Story

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