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Newsletter 28 July 2021

Dear readers!

Twenty years ago, in July 2001, about 300,000 protesters gathered in the streets of Genoa to demonstrate against the G8 summit, neoliberal globalisation, the deregulation of the financial markets, and against capitalism. The summit went down in history for the enormous scale of police brutality, exerted not solely in the streets and in Piazza Alimonda, where 23-year-old protester Carlo Giuliani was shot dead by a policeman. Protesters sleeping in the Armando Diaz School fell victim along with those tortured at the Bolzaneto detention facility. Amnesty International later described it as ‘[t]he most serious suspension of democratic rights in a Western country since the Second World War’. Nevertheless, protests, international exchange, and the global mobilisation of social movements continued, the World Social Forums continued, and the European Social Forum was established. Even though the social-forum process has since dwindled, its impact is significant – and often underestimated.

On this occasion transform! europe provides analyses focused on questions such as: How was it possible to mobilise such an immense number of protesters from all across Europe and beyond? What was the impact of the social forum process on the further development of the European left? How can a global connection of social movements be rebuilt?

We wish you stimulating reading!

Michael Hollogschwandtner, web editor, for transform! europe

Featured Article
Genoa. 20 Years After.
By Yiannis Bournous
On 20 July 2001, 23-year-old protester Carlo Giuliani was shot dead by a policeman in the course of the demonstrations against the G8 Summit in Genoa. This summit went down in history for the enormous scale of police brutality. Greek MP Yiannis Bournous, who took part in the protests, reflects on... [read more... ]
Let’s Try Again!
By Haris Golemis
This year we commemorate the twentieth anniversary of two crucial landmarks of the old, and now non-existent, anti-globalisation or alternative globalisation movement, which both took place in 2001: the first World Social Forum in Porto Alegre (Brazil) in January, and the “battle of Genoa” in July. ... [read more... ]
Understanding the Signs of the Times
By Cornelia Hildebrandt
What are the most important lessons of the 2001 Genoa protests, asks transform! europe's Co-President Cornelia Hildebrandt. [read more... ]
Genoa 2021 – The Struggle for Another World Continues
On the occasion of the anniversary of the 2001 Genoa protests against the G8 Summit, this series of events focuses on the political significance of the European Social Forums and the paths and prospects for alternative global movements. Watch the full recordings. [read more... ]
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