As the Belgium government held the final EU meeting of their six-month Presidency, cops were out on the streets of having a good old ruck with protesters at the summit of Laeken. Undercover cops, dressed in black, were seen directing protesters to smash up the Palace and attack shops, only this time the international black bloc were having none of it. Instead of following their instructions protesters surrounded the 15 cops and herded them into a corner and held them there until riot cops had to rescue their mates. -- SchNEWS, Issue 336, Winter Solstice 2001, paraphrasing Indymedia's coverage of 14 December 2001 protests.Even months after de anarho-demo in Brussels I cannot stop thinking about what happened. Trying to not be influenced by other opinions I can write only what I saw with my eyes. The march of the anarchists was really great (around 5000 people) there was no any sign of violence or something like that. In a moment the cops blocked a square in the centrum of the city and all the people were caught in a mousetrap. Then the organisators desided to turn bach to Midi Station. Then I noticed a group of 10-15 guys in black and masks comming from a strange direction where the cordon of the cops was placed. A few minutes later they attacked with stones a single cop from the trafic police. The strange was that they gave him a time to escape !?! A bit later when cops reinforcements arrived the same guys in blach started to trow stones and 2 or 3 fire bombs. I never have trew Molotov coctail but for me it is logical that if somebody wants to do it he is going to trow it against the target (the police car)directly. That was obviously NOT in that case. The fire bomb was trowen up vertical and it fell maybe 5 meter before the police car while the distance between th! e guy who trew it and the car was not more than 20-25 m. Strange, a? Later the same guys in black attacked some marrocians and even chased them further - the reason was obviously not friendly... So, the conclugion I can take is that I can take is that there were people specialy trained for that kind of action and they did there job pretty well doing a provocation without hurting any cop. -- Posted to firstname.lastname@example.org on 19 February 2002.
US Attorney General John Ashcroft wrapped up a tour of European capitals today with a pledge of closer cooperation between Italy and the United States on intelligence sharing in the fight against terrorism.
Ashcroft held talks with Italy's Interior Minister Claudio Scajola, at which they decided to revive a bilateral commission as a vehicle for the heightened cooperation.
The US official was completing a tour which included meetings with his counterparts in London, Berlin and Madrid on developing cooperation on extraditing terrorist suspects arrested since the September 11 attacks on America [...]
Ashcroft is keen to establish a clear modus operandi with European countries because between them they hold dozens of suspects linked to terrorist suspect Osama bin Laden and his Al-Qaeda network, blamed for the September 11 attacks.
Washington is determined to bring bin Laden and his associates to justice [...]
He [Ashcroft] said Scajola "clearly understands and recognises that terrorism is international and that the threat to liberty and freedom, and order, and government is international".
The US official said Washington could learn from Italy, which "has known of terrorism in ways that the United States has never experienced" - an apparent reference to bombings by left-wing extremist groups like the Red Brigades in the 1970s and 1980s.
Scajola, who is responsible for Italy's anti-terrorist police [and for the actions of the carabinieri in Genoa during the G8 Summit], said: "Italy stands side by side, shoulder to shoulder with the US, in the spirit of solidarity with the US people."