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(en) A train arrived in Tiburtina station...TRANSLATION from -it]

From "Spazio Kamino" <spzkostia@hotmail.com>
Date Tue, 1 Feb 2000 15:41:31 -0500


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Italy, Jan. 31, 2000. A train, that was bringing back in Rome militants who
took part at the Florence national protest against state lagers for
migrants, did a "special" stop in Tiburtina station, in the suburbs of Rome.
The train has been surrounded by police, who rushed in some wagons, beating
militants with great violence. Some comrades have been injured seriously,
and needed treatments in the local hospital. It was perfectly apparent that
cops had precise orders to use rudeness; any attempt to find an agreement to
allow militants to leave the train was vane. All those who tried leaving the
train were beaten with maces; some groups of comrades have been isolated and
encircled: only after half an hour of tension and attacks, they have been
identified by police.
Some newspapers reported that the furniture of some wagons had been damaged
during the travel, but this actually happened inside Tiburtina station, when
cops got on the train: the police even detached the coach lamps and threw
them on the militants' heads. It was only when two members of parliament,
Mr. Russo Spena and Mr. Paolo Cento, arrived in the rail station that the
police finally allowed the immigrants to leave the train. These immigrant
brothers are even deprived of their freedom to defend their rights
demonstrating on issues that touch them directly!
The only comments on the media about this fact came from the Communist
Refoundation Party, which had nothing more to say than: "the police lost
their heads".
This is not quite enough, in our opinion: we think that we should denounce
these facts far more strongly than that. This was just the last episode of a
national demonstration day that, since its beginning with the incidents in
Genoa rail station, was marked by the violence of police against anybody
wanting to demonstrate for shutting down the lagers for immigrants.
The regime press says nothing, and the left-wing forces say too little --
but no one will succeed in silencing us.

The self-managed squatted social center "Spazio Kamino", Ostia, Rome, Italy

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