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PREPARATIONS IN GENOA FOR THE G8 SUMMIT
20 JULY 2001: PIAZZA ALIMONDA, 5.27PM
PARALLEL INQUIRIES

15-17 July 2001
Fake facades were erected to hide the real frontages of buildings that G8 leaders would see from Palazzo Ducale.
Fake lemons were hung on the trees in Piazza Matteotti.
Hanging washing out on lines was banned.
The 300.000 security personnel - police, carabinieri, finance police, secret services - were provided with an incredible amount of equipment: full head gear, rapid release holsters, Tonfa truncheons, CS gas, pepper spray, armoured vehicles, tanks...
Manholes were sealed up.
Steel fences and gates were erected to create a "red zone".
Residents were given a pass to enable them to get back home in the evening.
People were stopped to check their papers, and some houses were also raided in the evening.
Then there were the boarded-up shops.
Lines of containers were constructed to prevent access to several areas of the city.
Two hundred coffins.
Eight decontamination showers at San Martino hospital.
Missiles and anti-submarine mines in the docks.
Air traffic banned.
Residents were encouraged to leave the city - the newspapers said: "demonstrators are going to be throwing ballons with AIDS-infected blood".
The Schengen agreement (which allows the free movement of EU citizens within member states) was suspended.
Helicopters fly permanently over the city.
Eight prime ministers meeting in Palazzo Ducale in Genoa, to decide the fate of all nations throughout the world.

Wednesday 18 July
Big concert of over 20.000 people in Piazzale Kennedy, which Carlo also attends.

Thursday 19 July
March of 50.000 people in support of migrants' rights: coloured balloons, trumpets, drums, flags, banners, funny and ironic clothing, songs and dancing.
The demonstration lasted all day: Carlo went to it, and told his family about it.

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