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Protesters march against Genoa violence

Around 500 people protested in Bern


Hundreds of demonstrators marched through the Swiss capital, Bern, on Saturday night to protest against alleged police brutality at last week's G8 summit in the Italian city of Genoa.

Police in Bern said around 500 people carrying flags and banners took part in the demonstration, which generally passed off peacefully apart from the odd firework being thrown.

Similar protests took place in other European capitals, with demonstrators calling on the Italian government to release all anti-globalisation protesters still held in prison. They also demanded that an international commission of inquiry to be set up to examine the behaviour of the Italian police.

Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian president, who has come under fire from fellow European Union governments for the policing of last week's summit, has insisted there will be "no cover-up" of alleged police brutality.

One demonstrator died, 560 people were injured and 280 arrested, including nine Swiss, during four days of clashes between Italian police and anti-globalisation protesters. Damage to the Italian port has been estimated at SFr75 million.

swissinfo with agencies

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