the evian g8 situation and fwd to the imc europe list.
if you can give visibility to it on your site it would be wonderful :)))
>>> this text informs you about the police abuse during the g8, the
groups working on the legal follow up and about bank accounts to
invest your pocket money. <<<
FINANCIAL CALL OUT
During the G8 in Evian, Geneva, Lausanne and Annemasse there was
widespread police repression against all forms of action. This
repression is not uncommon in the history of social movements, but we
shouldn't start to accept it as normal. Neither should we be unprepared
for it in future years. Now more than ever we must react against police
repression in all its forms.
We need to follow up on the general and specific cases from the G8 to
ensure that the police (Swiss, French, German...) do not get away with
their actions, and that their actions are seen as connected to wider
global repression, by the press as well as the public.
Police repression in the G8 included:
*Cutting the rope across a motorway bridge upon which two activists were
suspended, resulting in one person, Martin Shaw, falling over 20 metres
into a shallow stream, sustaining severe injuries. The other, Gesine,
was saved by activists on the bridge.
*Guy Smallman, a freelance photographer, was severely injured when a
stun grenade exploded directly on his leg. He has not yet fully
*Police attacked marchers with tear gas, stun grenades, rubber bullets.
Several people were hospitalised with burns, and injuries from bullets
and grenades hitting them.
*Police groups disguised as black block ran through the city, beating
and shooting rubber bullets at demonstrators and passersby. The Geneva
legal collective has gathered over 50 witnesses to these events.
*Police illegally detained over 400 people without charges in
Bourdonnette, the activist campground in Lausanne for several hours.
People refused to identify themselves and were held in a police circle
for several hours in the heat. Several people were arrested and all the
tents and bags were searched.
*In Geneva the social center, l'Usine with the IMC office was raided by
a police black block group.
*Police shot stun grenades directly at a pregnant woman. One grenade
exploded under a child's stroller.
*Street medics were directly targeted and nearly all were arrested.
*Human rights observers also suffered violence and unjust treatment; one
suffered a sprained elbow under a German policeman's baton, another was
handcuffed and forced to go home. They shot another in the leg. Police
tore off armbands and badges that identified human rights
observers as such.
*Journalists were also targeted by police. They were stopped, IDed,
film confiscated or destroyed.
* Some arrests were very brutal with painholds, fingers in eyes, ears
and noses, and rough handcuffing.
*Police refused during the whole time to give out lists of detainees, as
agreed prior to the demos. They refused to give their badge numbers and
denied phonecalls to detainees. Cells were overcrowded. In prison
some people were illegally filed, insulted, in some cases women had to
piss in front of male soldiers, several were kept handcuffed in
policevans for hours, refused toilets and water.
This is just a summary of the actions by the police, and the fact that
no-one was killed this time is down to luck.
Police repression in all its forms must be challenged, and the
individuals and police forces themselves need to be held responsible.
The wider repression of acitivists shows an alarming trend, with these
incidents becoming commonplace. Recent targeted killings of demostrators
and human shields from the occupied territories to Papua-Guniea or
Argentina together with the killing of Carlo Guiliani in Genoa ( for
the police have been prosecuted but found innocent) show that around
world the political enclosure and violent repression of the
antineoliberal social movements continues to escalate realively to the
level of police impunity.
Different groups are working on the legal follow up of the G8 summit:
? Legal support Lausanne
? Legal support Gen?ve
? Legal support France
? Aubonne group working on the ropecut
? Guy Smallman Support Group
Most of these groups are in contact and will share money wherever it is
Legal support Gen?ve:
Over 70 cases of police violence have been reported, nearly 100 people
were arrested and over 30 people are facing charges already, with
possibly more to come.
Most common charges are rioting, being present at riots (weird swiss
laws) and disobeying police orders.
The legal group is preparing a publication of a report of the police
abuses during the summit.
Contact:: email@example.com , 0041 (0) 794 631 789 (19-20h)
Legal support Lausanne:
In the time between 22.5. to 3.6. the legal group were reported 348
arrests in Lausanne and the surrounding area, more than 20 people have
been charged and several injured.
Most common charges are: blockading traffic, disobeying police orders,
rioting, being present at riots
German: open from 19-21.pm local time: 0041 (0) 79 603 57 81
French (sometimes English): 0041 (0) 78 847 16 36
Both groups are advising people who face charges.
In order to bring the perpetrators of this violence to justice, they are
gathering signatures and advising victims who want to prosecute.
They are calling for donations to pay the court costs, help people with
their lawyer's fees and fines and cover the administrative costs.
Bank contact: Permanence Juridique G8
15, rue des Savoises
mention: appel antirep
Legal support France:
By finishing this call we did not have an answer from France, but surely
they need money as well.
Get in Contact with the vaaag people, they might be able to find a bank
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 0033 (0) 698 927 865
This group was formed after the bridge incident (where the climbers'
rope was cut and Martin fell 25m) and will deal with all matters
concerning this case, such as legal, medical, presswork, finances,
communication etc. Eight peope have been charged with blocking the
traffic, including the the climbers Martin and Gesine. The latter will
prosecute the police for endangering their lives, not helping them in
danger and for nearly killing them (legal term still to be worked out).
More than a month in hospital (with broken pelvis, left ankle and foot,
2 broken lumber vertebras, still there at this very moment) and a long
rehabilitation period to come for Martin.
Money will be needed to cover the lawyers' fees , for medical costs
(because the E111 does not cover all) and for administrative costs.
To avoid transfer fees we opened accounts in different countries, these
are personal accounts only dedicated to Martin.
UK: DR J Bonnet, HSBC Bangor, 274 High Street, Bangor,
Gwynedd; LL571RU Sort code: 400903, Account number: 61666517
Germany: Jan Bargen, Postbank Dortmund, BLZ: 440 100 46,
Spain: Esther Cerro, Banc de Sabadell, 0081-0055-44-0006151525
Switzerland : Association ?Eau Bonne?, Compte Postal 17-32 86 14-4,
USA: bank account is in the process of being set up, contact us for
Foundation "EAU BONNE"
The bank acounts listed above fund the foundation Eau Bonne. At the
moment we are diverting from the foundation to pay emergency legal and
medical costs. When we win our case and receive compensation, we will
pay the foundation back. We will maintain the foundation as a source of
emergency loans to activists facing similar situations in the future.
They will borrow funds to pay immediate legal and medical costs, with
the intention of recovering this money through the legal process, and
recycling it back into the foundation. In this way, all money donated
will used transparantly and accountably, again and again to fight police
abuses against activists.
Contact Aubonne group :
email@example.com, 0041 (0) 786 836 405
support emails for Martin in hospital: firstname.lastname@example.org
update list: send blankmail to:
Guy Smallman Support Group:
In the UK a campaign started around this attack on the free press. Money
is needed to pay medical fees (same E111 problem as Martin), to cover
legal costs and to help the campaign.
Guy suffered serious muscle damage to his leg. He has undergone two
hours of surgery and will need skin grafts. He and his lawyer are
prosecuting the police. Donations are welcome, get in contact with
captain scarlet. http://www.nuj.org.uk
Support emails for Guy: email@example.com
more info at:
links to solidarity actions in Barcelona:
'for we live in unnatural times,
and it is our job to make them
with our singing,
and our intelligent rage'
Ben Okri For Ken Saro-Wiwa