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(en) Italy, Milan, Migrants: Close the lagers, activist injured.

From "Patricia Hampton" <patham@iol.it>
Date Tue, 29 Feb 2000 08:13:18 -0500


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Milan, 27.02.2000

PRESS RELEASE
NEWS FROM THE OTHER HALF OF THE UNIVERSE

LATEST NEWS OF THE ACTIVIST INJURED DURING THE WHITE OVERALLS' OCCUPATION
OF PORTA TICINESE IN MILAN

At 11.30 a.m.  one of the protesters with the White Overalls group which
has been occupying the scaffolding in Bastioni di Porta Ticinese for three
days, lost his balance and slipped, banging his head and starting to bleed.
 His fellow activists immediately helped him to safety and, thanks to the
arrival of 3 fire engines and 2 ambulances, he was lowered from the
scaffolding and taken to hospital.
At present A. is under observation at the Policlinico of Milan, where
neurological examinations will be carried out this evening.
A. did not lose consciousness and his condition gives no cause for alarm.
The occupiers have declared that they will continue with their initiative,
demanding that the promises made by the Minister Bianchi be respected and
stating that, although they are tired and cold, the communities of Via
Barzaghi and Via Corelli are certainly worse off than they are and they
will therefore be continuing their fight.

UP-DATE - 3 p.m.  PRESS CONFERENCE
The White Overalls Occupy

Open letter to Minister Bianco:

Sir,
Today, Sunday, is the third day of this peaceful initiative of civil
disobedience - for three days we have been asking you to keep the promises
you made.
On 29 January, after the 20,000-strong march demanding the closure of Via
Corelli, you declared that this centre would be shut within a fortnight.
Thirty days have now passed and Via Corelli is still in operation and
migrants without documents continue to be imprisoned there.
The city of Milan, which wishes to prepare a welcome for those who are
fleeing from poverty and desperation, believed that you would keep your
promise but, after waiting for 4 weeks, we feel bound to ask that you
respect your commitment.  
We consider it essential to abandon the policy of fake emergencies with its
talk of public security to justify the fact that part of the women and men
in this country are deprived of their rights.
It is vital that our government should stop obligatory repatriation and
that the city council should stop ignoring a whole community living out in
the cold at the Via Barzaghi dump, as well as cease  its evictions of
independently-managed shelters, such as the Metropolix hostel.
In the absence of concrete commitments regarding these demands, we have no
choice but to continue our protests, together with those people in the city
of Milan and the country as a whole who have not let themselves become
selfish and indifferent; we are obliged to seek a true change of attitude,
by which migrants are respected as a valuable resource, otherwise the
shameful behaviour of our city must be revealed to all, including the
European Parliament in Brussels.

The White Overalls on top of Porta Ticinese,
Dario Fo and Franca Rame.


STOP PRESS - 26-02-2000
The injured activist has now been released from hospital.

Associazione YA BASTA!
For the dignity of all people and against neoliberalism
Centro Sociale Leoncavallo,
Via Watteau 7,Milan - Italy.Tel: +39 026705185
email: yabasta@tin.it


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