PHOTOGRAPHER Guy Smallman was seriously injured
by a police grenade in Geneva on 1 June. The London Freelance
Branch committee member was covering protests in the city against
the "G8" summit in nearby Evian for Images
San Frontières and for Indymedia.
|Guy Smallman covering a protest in Brussels in December 2001
Reports on Indymedia say that around four in the afternoon a
mixed group of peaceful protesters were charged by police who
were after a small number of stone-throwers beyond them. The
police fired a volley of 20 to 30 so-called "concussion
grenades" at the crowd, who were running away from them in
panic. One exploded close to Guy's left calf.
After an hour's delay - during which the police continued to
shout abuse at Guy and at the protesters who were giving him
first aid - he was taken to hospital where he underwent two hours
of emergency surgery.