A SHORT EXAMPLE FOR DEMONSTRANTS AGAINST G8
1.Make sure you always have on you an identity paper in order to provide
it upon request from Police, Carabineers, Finance. An ID card will do.
Having an ID paper will avoide further problems such beeing taken to the
nearest Police Office to doublecheck your personal particulars, which you
are forced by law to give it correctly if asked to. By refusing to give
your personal particulars, you will face either a pecuniary penality or
a custodial sentence, which will be stronger if false particulars are given.You
can ask for an identification if you are approched by civvies; the procedure
is the same if you are dealing with a plainclothes agent.
2.In order to avoid misunderstandings, let any association's member
deal directly with the Police; on the other hand having a warm approach
with other demonstrants will create a better atmosphere.
3.In order to be helpful in case of need, try to stick toghether with
people you know and be a witness if any action is a detrimental to other
You'll find here below a list of offences for which you might be arrested;
be aware that some actions are considered to be an offence if those occurs
during a demonstration, even if they might appear rightful. It goes
without saying that certain offences such robbery, damaging, bodily harm,
amount to a crime regardless if this happens during a demontration or not.
However the person under arrest will answer for his actions.
RESISTANCE TO A PUBLIC OFFICER
Coming up against Public Officer in a violent or threatening manner,
is liable of punishment. Beeing resistant means preventing a Public Officer
from doing his duty. A Public Officer is doing his duty if he is been legaly
commended to “charge” the crowd; in this case it will be very difficult
to determinate the illegitimacy of the action. By violance is ment any
behaviour involving violent actions; by threat is ment menacing a violant
behaviour. In this case to free oneself with a jerk has to be considered
a violant behaviour. Keeping still, standing or lying down, let them pulling
you, is not to be considere a resistance.
By seditious meeting is considered the assembling of minimum
ten people who intent to offend or menace the Public Authority or create
danger to the public order. However there will be no charge if the demonstrants
obey to the orders and leave the demonstration peacefuly. In any case the
offence is not strong enough to be putted under arrest.
Is forbidden to wear helmets or any cover that will make difficult
the identification of the demonstrant. For this offence as well is not
permitted a flagrant arrest.
INTERRUPTION OF PUBLIC SERVICE
Punishment is given to those holding up or disturbing the execution
of a public service. Be aware that the circulation of public cars as well
public vehicles giving a public assistane must be assured. A train hold
up might cause a problem, but most probably in Genoa railstations will
be closed during G8.
An indecent behavoiur in public areas or in front of other people
is punishable by a prison sentence, flagrant arrest is not permitted. Like
it happened in Goteborg where to welcome the “Big Of The World” people
showed their bottom, there is a certain tollerence for such an offence.
Inciting someone to break the law is punishable. This means that inciting
to rebellion against the Police is an offence. Beeing this an ideological
offence, charge will be given only by a concrete or strong action.
HOW TO BEHAVE IF ARRESTED
In case of arrest a calm attidude is very reccomanded. Avoid as much
as possible any kind of quarrel or altercation with the Police Force. Do
not release any official or even unoffcial declaration.
Seek for a lawyer to let him know about the arrest. A lawyer is the only
person who can deal with the arrested , he will stick up for his
rights. You can name up to two counsels. Inwithin four days maximum you'll
be taken to court to have the judge confirming your arrest. By a clean
record or minor offences the judge might release the arrested from prison
after the first night. To get in touch with an italian lawyer call our
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