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Successful immigrant demo in Genoa, but 150-200 Greek activists forced home.

Chicago IMC Global Desk Genoa Update: Thursday, July 19
The International Immigrants Demonstration and March began today, Thursday, July 19 at 5 PM local time and by 6.10 still was still passing through the square where it began. First estimates of between 20-50,000 people, a huge success.

However, Italian security forces are still trying to stop demonstrators from reaching Genoa. 150-200 Greek activists were forced back onto their ship in the Italian port of Acona and forced to return to Patras, Greece, after a four hour standoff with police. Apparently the police identified these activists as the "leader" of the contingent. Four of the protesters buses were blocked by police, who ordered the demonstrators to reboard their ferry and return to Greece. The Greek activists refused, sitting down instead, until they were physically attacked by police. The rest of the contingent (18 buses) continued on to Rimini, and are now trying to decide whether to continue on to Genoa, or return to Acona. Another Greek ship has been stopped by Italian authorities outside of the harbor, and apparently has 700 on board.

Stayed tuned to IMC-Italy for breaking developments.



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