Scores Mark G-8 Protestor’s Death
GENOA, Italy (AP) _ Scores of people brought flowers, notes, cigarettes and bottles of beer Monday to a Genoa square where a protester was shot and killed during the Group of Eight riots a month ago.
Carlo Giuliani, 23, was the first fatality in almost two years of anti-globalization protests around the world. His death shocked Italy.
Friends, relatives and Genoa residents walked by the piazza in the morning, some shaking hands with the victim’s father, Giuliano Giuliani.
Others said a prayer as they stopped by the gate of a church overlooking the square, which has been covered with flags, T-shirts and notes ever since the protester was killed July 20.
The Genoa Social Forum, an umbrella organization which gathers hundreds of anti-globalization groups, organized a sit-in in front of a Genoa prison where some of the protesters arrested during the summit are still being detained.
Other demonstrations have also been planned in cities across the country, including Rome, Naples, Milan and Bologna. In Sant’Angelo a Scala, a village a few miles east of Naples where anti-globalization groups are holding a meeting, a priest said he would celebrate mass in memory of Giuliani.
An estimated 100,000 protesters had massed in Genoa for the July 20-22 summit to champion a variety of causes, from debt relief to the environment. A small core of them turned violent, torching cars and buildings and clashing with police.
Giuliani was shot and killed by a Carabinieri paramilitary policeman as he tried to rush a police jeep with a fire extinguisher.
In comments published Sunday, the police officer, 21-year-old Mario Placanica, said he feels sick about what happened and would have done anything to have avoided it.
``I’m sorry, I couldn’t do anything else,″ he said. ``If I could have had the choice and avoided what happened, I would have.″