The 20th Anniversary of Carlo Giuliani

Published July 18, 2021

The 20th Anniversary of Carlo Giuliani

On July 20, 2001, 23-year-old anarchist Carlo Giuliani was shot dead by police during protests against the G8 summit. To his credit, he succeeded in attacking the police van with a fire extinguisher.

At the time, the global movement was facing off against capitalism. 1999’s Battle for Seattle had inspired the forces opposed to global capitalism’s human exploitation and devastating effects on the environment the world over. Further remarkable actions against George Bush’s election and inauguration, at the World Bank/IMF meeting in Washington D.C., and at the G7+1 meeting in Okinawa, Japan lead up to the G8 meeting in Genova, Italy. Simultaneously to these mass mobilizations and actions that were making it increasingly difficult for the world’s most powerful leaders to meet, strategies for Another Possible World were in the making. Finding its roots in the Zapatista uprising on the day that the North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect and in the First International Encuentro for Humanity and Against Neoliberalism in 1996, the World Social Forum met for the first time in Porto Allegre Brazil in June of 2001.

Carlo Giuliani was not ignorant of these developments, but was versed in the development of this global movement. He had been raised with knowledge of Gramsci, Marx, Malatesta, Sacco and Vanzetti. His father was a leader of the communist trade Union CGIL and he came from a family rooted in struggle for the rights of working people.

Carlo went to university, studying history, and lived in a squat in Genoa. Carlo’s father, Giuliano Giuliani, put it like this “Carlo…is a young man that reacted to a profound injustice.”

The state’s execution was backed up by the courts, and the pig that shot him got off without any repercussions.

Neither forgotten nor forgiven! Carlo Giuliani Lives