R: [Italy-editorial] su cs

Serafo serafo at mortemale.org
Mon Nov 29 12:08:12 PST 2004

Già fatto e tradotto ;-)


anche se la traduzia era piuttosto comprensibile ad occhio.

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  Inviato: lunedì 29 novembre 2004 17.24
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  Oggetto: Re: [Italy-editorial] su cs

  eh, l'url non ce l'ho, mi è arrivata in mail :)
  ah no, si trova facile :)
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    From: Serafo
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    Subject: R: [Italy-editorial] su cs

    L'Url please..

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      the indipendent su cosenza

      Italy faces what is widely seen as an assault on the right to
demonstrate this week after it was announced that 13 members of a
flamboyant, although non-violent, radical group are to be tried for "crimes"
which could put them behind bars for years.

      They make no bones about their contempt for capitalism and consumerism
and their desire to change the system. And they were present in strength at
the protests against the G8 summit in the northern Italian city of Genoa in
July 2002 which ended in bloody violence and mass casualties among police
and demonstrators.

      But the 13 members of Italy's "disobbedienti" group who go on trial
next week are not charged with crimes of assault or vandalism. Instead, they
face grave but abstract accusations: "political conspiracy ... with the aim
of disrupting the functions of the government"; "making subversive
propaganda, and creating an association of 20,000 people to violently
subvert the constituted economic order of the state".

      The disobbedienti - the disobedient ones - have few friends in
parliament, but voices across the opposition spectrum have united to condemn
the trial, due to begin on Thursday in the southern city of Cosenza. The
charges, used rarely, are a relic from pre-war years.

      "The crime of opinion," said the left-wing daily L'Unita, "is a relic
of the Fascist era and must be abolished". Fausto Bertinotti, leader of the
Rifondazione Comunista party, called the trial "disturbing and dangerous",
the product of a "repressive drift, in progress for some time, for which
they want to criminalise dissent, menacing the basis of the state of

      The same anger was echoed in the centre-left Margherita [Daisy] party.
"I agree with practically nothing they do," said Gianclaudio Bressa, "but
what is at issue is the right to demonstrate. That's why parliament must
raise its voice". A prominent union leader, Guglielmo Epifani, said: "You
can't criminalise people simply for the content of the ideas they express."

      The disobbedienti came into existence at the G8 summit. Previously,
they had been known as "Tute Bianche" - the white overalls - from their
custom of wearing such clothes to demonstrations. They had adopted the
uniform after a large squat which they ran in central Milan was closed in
1994; the mayor had exulted: "From now on, squatters will be nothing more
than ghosts wandering about the city."

      In the past year, they have taken to raiding supermarkets in cities
around the country, filling trolleys with stolen goods and then doing a
Santa Claus act outside, distributing their non-purchases to passers-by.

      They were among the architects of the huge protest against the G8 in
July 2002 which descended into chaos, and in which one demonstrator died.
But Luca Casarini, one of their leaders, says his group used only shields
and armour made of bubblewrap against the riot police's batons. Of a rival
group called Black Block, most often blamed for violence at Genoa, he says:
"They are people who believe that, to attack capitalism, it suffices to
break windows. That's their 'Smash capitalism'. We think otherwise. We think
in terms of a process of social transformation."

      While never invoking names such as Gandhi or Mandela, they are taking
non-violence to new places. "For us to take up militaristic tactics would be
crazy and political suicide," says Mr Casarini. "We would be crushed within
three months. So we have to find a third way between those who reject
economic globalisation and those who opt for a symbolic gesture, like
demolishing a bank."

      Of next week's trial he told The Independent: "It's a political trial,
they want to strike at those who oppose the people running this country.
They want to criminalise the movement, to eradicate the idea that there is
another way possible other than capitalism. We're an inconvenience for those
in power."


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