THE REAL MEANING OF GENOA
When one mentions the very name of Genoa these days, the historical
significance of its Columbian roots mixes with its new-found renown
as the site of the G-8 Meeting, and the state killing of a young,
anti-globalist demonstrator, Carlo Guiliani.
It is now an historical marker of another kind -- one of the state's
brutality.The images from the tear-gas streaked streets of the ancient
Italian city mark a transformation in the growing anti-globalist
movement. It marks a new low in the violent savagery of police,
who will go to any lengths to protect those they are sworn to really
protect: the rich, the wealthy and the established.
Much less is known or reported about the vicious, unprovoked attacks
on young people who were working out of the Independent Media Center
in Genoa.Squads of hooded Genoan cops unjustly raided, beat, brutalized
and terrorized independent journalists covering the massive protests.Some
bystanders reported hearing screams emitting from the building for
Others on the scene reported that activists were taken to a room,
shown a picture of the late Italian Fascist dictator, Benito Mussolini,
and ordered to shout, "Viva Il Duce!", at a nearby police
station ('Il Duce' was a term of respect accorded Mussolini during
Italy's Fascist, World War II period, similar to the Nazi honorific,
"Der Feuhrer' for Hitler; 'Viva' means 'Long Live').
This is a scene that reflects the hidden, fascist heart of Genoa.
Where were the millionaire star reporters, who love to gather in
5-star, ritzy hotels to lament what happens to their brother journalists
in the Third World, or Bosnia?When have you heard a peep out of
the corporate punditocracy about the assaults on poor, independent
or radical journalists who were at the front lines of Genoa?
When young activists who were peacefully assembled to write, to
interview, to report, to prepare and to broadcast what they witnessed
at the Wealthfest (G-8 Summit), their persons were attacked, their
freedoms were shattered, and their terrorization at the hands of
a repressive state was all but ignored.Their shocking treatment
at the hands of neo-fascist, hooded cops for capital was simply
"So sorry," the gentle corporate press sniffs, "We
don't see a story here."
And, in truth, there is no story, simply because it is not in the
interests of their bosses to do such a story.That way, they can
continue to engage in useless prattle about 'freedom of the press,'
or the 'right to peaceful assembly,' or even the 'right to dissent'
and the like.For, aren't the G-7 (plus Russia) 'industrial democracies'?
They cannot afford to report what happened in Genoa, for it tells
us too much about what really happens in democracies.
The terror, the torture, the brutality, that lies at the heart
of all 'industrial democracies.'
"Viva Il Duce!", indeed, for great dictatorships have
ever been great bedfellows of capital.
The Nazi state worked with a cruel efficiency that used Jewish,
Romani, and other untermenshen (German for subhumans) as slave labor
that earned healthy profits for the wealthy ruling, industrial class.
Genoa, which sent forth the greed of Columbus to pilfer and colonize
and enslave, unleashes her corporate army upon those who now look
unkindly upon the neo-colonialization, and exploitation hidden under
the rubric of a New World (Economic) Order.
The anti-globalist movement, so young, so precious, spawned just
a few moments ago in Seattle, must now come of age.
That is the gift of Genoa.
Mumia Abu-Jamal. (Aug. 2001).