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(en) Defenstrator #21 Repression at home and abroad - By cg

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Date Wed, 25 Dec 2002 13:42:00 -0500 (EST)


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   the flyer from today's protest at the Italian
consulate against the repression in Italy and the
US.

   epression at home and abroad! Protest against
raids in Italy!

Once again, everyone in Italy is speaking about
Genoa..

And we are here today to show our solidarity both
with the people ,and the social
movements, in Italy as the waves of repression
continue under the Berlusconi governments
regime.

In Italy, as well as here at home, the "war on
terror" is increasingly being used as an excuse
for cracking down on any public dissent. On the
morning of December 4, investigations
against 23 people in different cities throughout
Italy were initiated by magistrates. This was
followed by 45 raids in houses as part of the same
campaign. The current repression is a
response to the anti globalization demonstrations
in Genoa in July 2001, 18 months ago.
These protests saw terrible violence against
demonstrators at the hands of the police, and
the secret police forces. As well as the death of
one demonstrator Carlo Giuliana who was
shot by police.

The accusations against those being investigated
include devastation, depredation (both
crimes punishable by 8-15 years of detention but
are usually not applied to anyone),
fabrication and possession of explosives,
possession of illegal weapons, resistance and
violence against public officials. A new kind of
indictment is also being used: mental
participation. Mental participation is a charge
being used against people who had no part in
the demonstrations, and in some cases were not
even in the city during them.

It's a charge that holds that to support,
encourage, or believe in the social movements -
is to
be punished. Following reports of the arrests,
there were protests throughout Italy (it),
including the cities of Pavia, Milano, Catania,
Palermo, Genova, Firenze, Roma, Trieste,
Pisa, and Messina.

In Italy, as well as here in the States, to dissent
from the government and corporate agenda
is to risk being labeled a "terrorist." To protest
against the war in Iraq, or to fight for the
rights of working people ,like the recent West
Coast Longshore Workers Union's struggle
this past summer, is to risk being labeled a
"terrorist." Where this past summer in a dispute
with its bosses the International Longshore
Workers Union was threatened with Federal
troops being sent in against them, and accused of
acting as "terrorists", if they decided to go
out on strike.

In the States, as in Italy, the government attempt
to roll-back the victories that individuals,
popular movements of workers, students, civil
rights fighters, and anti-war dissenters ,
environmentalists fought for.

We are here to speak out against the harassment
and criminalization of the international
social movements and the individuals who make
them. And were here to connect the
repression that is escalating in Italy with
escalation of oppression here at home.

The attacks on our own civil liberties with the
passage of the anti-terrorist bill, or Patriot
Act, was rushed through congress with no media
coverage and no public discussion. The
American Civil Liberties Union, as well as other
civil rights groups, have released outraged
statements against the act and have warned of
the dangers it poses to the American public.

The Patriot Act allows the U.S. government the
authority to condemn any organization as
"terrorist" by using a dangerously broad new
definition. A definition which has the ability to
label workers actions -like strikes, popular
demonstrations, and individual actions as
"terrorist." We are here today to oppose the
Italian governments actions against the Italian
social movements.

We are here today to demand justice for the
death of Carlo Giuliana! We are here to raise
the alarm that our own civil liberties are under
incredible attack!

The people, and the international social
movements we build, will not tolerate state
repression in any form!






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