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Protestors' Outrage Over Shooting Death Is Greeted with a Locked Door at Italian

CHICAGO, Jul. 23 - Fifty people rallied this morning in front of Chicago's Italian Consulate, 500 N. Michigan Ave., before entering the building in an attempt to speak with the Italian Consulate-General about the Italian forces' killing of Carlo Giuliani, 23. Building management disabled the upper-floor elevators as the protestors boarded them, leaving them standing stationary.
CHICAGO, Jul. 23 - Fifty people rallied this morning in front of Chicago's Italian Consulate, 500 N. Michigan Ave., before entering the building in an attempt to speak with the Italian Consulate-General about the Italian forces' killing of Carlo Giuliani, 23. Building management disabled the upper-floor elevators as the protestors boarded them, leaving them standing stationary.

The demonstrators found their way up flights of stairs to the 18th floor where they shouted outside a locked door and demanded to speak with an Italian representative.

"What is the Italian Consulate going to do about the shooting death of Giuliani?" one yelled.

"Free the prisoners now!" shouted others, referring to scores of people who are unaccounted for since their participation in the Genoa protests. June Terpstra, a faculty member of Chicago's Loyola University, is among the missing.

Six officers from the Chicago Police Department's 18th District arrived five minutes later. Frank Schmidt, building manager, gave the go-ahead for the police's dispersal order.

"Berlusconi, what do you say / How many kids did you kill today?" and "We'll be back!" chanted the protestors as they boarded elevators to return to street level.

A banner facing the street shows a picture of Giuliani. It reads, in English and Italian, "Carlo Giuliani has been murdered by the Italian police and the G8. We must turn our grief and anger into resistance."

Various political groups gave statements earlier about the reasons for their attendance. Kieran Frazier of Anti-Racist Action (ARA), the organization that called the rally, spoke of a woman who is currently in a coma after Italian forces raided the Genoa Social Forum and beat her and others, at a location over two miles away from the summit.

Another G8 member was implicated in the violence that surrounded the summit.

"The United States government has blood on its hands," proclaimed Sherry Wolf of the International Socialist Organization. "They would like to shut down the debates in the media, but we know that there is blood on the streets, on the walls and on their hands," she stated.

"The image of Carlo has been burned into our minds," says one representative of the Chicago Direct Action Network. "We are in solidarity with people protesting at Italian embassies all over the world."

"They don't have to do this in front of this building where I work," says Cameron, an account executive, 30-ish. "I haven't really been keeping up with the G8 summit, though," he explains.

Other attendees included journalists from WMAQ-TV, the Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago Police Department press, and members of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Refuse & Resist, the Spartacist League and Robert Taylor Fighting for Justice.
 
 

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