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Genoa G8: police admits brutality, compensation agreed

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By Euronews  with ANSA
Genoa G8: police admits brutality, compensation agreed

<p>Some 16 years after anti-globalisation protests broke out in Genoa, Italy has admitted its responsibility for police brutality and has agreed to pay 45,000 euros each to six people for moral and material damages.</p> <p>The case, which was heard in the European Court of Human Rights, centred around clashes at the Bolzaneto barracks during the 2001 G8 summit.</p> <p>Protesters who were rounded up by police said they were spat at, verbally and physically humiliated and threatened with rape while being held.</p> <p>It was the second of two widely-publicised cases of alleged police brutality. More than a hundred people were wounded in the first incident, which took place at the Diaz school. It left British journalist Mark Covell in a coma with rib and spinal injuries.</p> <p><span class="caps">ANSA</span> news agency reports officers planted two Molotov cocktails, hammers, knives and other evidence at the site to justify a raid.</p> <p>Numerous convictions have since been made in connection with the two episodes.</p>