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Update: Italy IMC Target of National Police Raid

Indymedia Italy is reporting a series of raids by the Italian national paramilitary police, (Carabinieri) on a number of social centers throughout the country, targeting IMC Italy. . The Italian authorities are reportedly looking for information related to the Genoa protests against the G8 last year, during which anarchist activist Carlo Giuliani was gunned down by police. IMC resources, documents, files, databases, video and photos have been seized. Read the latest press release issued by IMC-Italy below. More info to follow as it becomes available.
- Transcipt of IMC Italia Press Release

This morning around 7.00, police knocked at the doors of the following Social Centers: Gabrio in Torino, Cecco Rivolta in Firenze, TPO in Bologna, as well as those of the Cobas offices in Taranto. The huge mobilization (a lot of cars, vans, and riot cops) was due to an order from Genova's attorney.

The attorneys Andrea Canciani and Anna Canepa ordered to seize audio and video material referring to Genova facts, focusing on what could deal with the police raid at the Media Center and the massacre at the Diaz-Pertini school.

The search warrant explains that such material would have been collected through the Italy Indymedia website, and would be situated in the social centers Gabrio, TPO, Cecco Rivolta, and in Cobas offices in Taranto, and in other places (using an aleathory form which allows them to search and seize at their pleasure).

Searches are still going on. Police are seizing computers, archives, and all of the stuff that hundreds of italian activists need for their daily cultural and political activities.

The search warrant locates these places as "Indymedia offices". Italy Indymedia states that Indymedia has no offices, but works through the thousands of people who contribute to the website, and commit themselves to produce a free and independent information. Italy Indymedia decision making and project processes take place over the internet, through open and publicly accessible mailing lists and chatrooms. A daily and cooperative effort carried on by hundreds of people, who won't be threatened.

This morning, an attack has been struck against freedom of information. A few places have been targeted, to exercise a political pressure on a complex and manifold subject as Italy Indymedia.

The material seized in Bologna, Firenze, Torino, Taranto, just like all of Indymedia stuff, is freely viewable on our website. And so are the archives of our mailing lists, of our chats, and of all our activities.

Indymedia has nothing to hide.

Italy Indymedia, a network of independent media, reports a severe attack to free information. We take note that minister Scajola, after speech, is turning to facts. And Genova gets back under public attention. After partial and smoky investigations which were supposed to find proof of police violence, and while the dynamics of the murder of Carlo Giuliani haven't been cleared yet, while the officals responsible of the public order during those days are still holding their seats, and in a few cases even got promoted.

We invite everyone to join Italy Indymedia at the
demonstration called in Rome for March,16th by Radio Onda Rossa. For a free and independent information.
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