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(en) Italy: Alternativa Libertaria 16-30 Nov.04 - Cagliari and Sardinia in the grip of police and judicial repression (it)

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Date Sat, 4 Dec 2004 09:09:48 +0100 (CET)

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Cagliari and Sardinia: in the grip of police and judicial repression which
oppresses those most active in the social movements and seeks to block their
development. The State condemns us again. It must be twenty years since we
witnessed the last political trial on the island. Now, this trial. Ordered by
the police and caried out to the letter by the judicial branch of
state-capitalist domination. Luisa, Massimo and Matteo, militants in the
anarchist movement since long after the "years of lead", have been given
sentences of 6 and a half months suspended (and a provisional fine of €1,500),
10 months suspended and 8 months suspended.

Why? Because during a hunt for demonstrators with police charges and beatings,
they were unable to escape the clutches and the beatings of the men in blue and
their local chiefs following a sit-in of citizens in support of M. Leonardi on
22nd October last.

During the farcical trial, a supportive public had plenty of opportunity to
laugh bitterly at the prosecution's many inconsistencies and contradictions in
the documents they presented. After the sentences were handed down, the sarcasm
gave way to a realization that this was all a huge mistake, or perhaps a
"coordinated operation" on the part of the police and the magistracy. After
all, as the national vice police chief Procaccini declared to the local press,
talking about anarchists in Sardinia, "we will hit them all... hard!". That
this character, who was nominated by De Gennaro (of Genoa G8 fame), is up to
the job, is unfortunately no longer under any doubt. Maybe those sentenced
should have left their comrade alone to be beaten to a pulp or even killed by
the police batons, given that he discovered later after neurosurgery that he
had been on the brink for a while. But not everyone is able to ignore an old
friend who is out flat, in need of help against a bunch of professional thugs
who are intent on "bringing" him to order. This, like trying to fend off blows,
normally has counter-productive effects which are impossible to avoid.

The worst thing is that this declaration of war, to return for a moment to the
political considerations above, is part and parcel of a strategy of repression
which has been directed at the island's anarchists (and not only them)
resulting in identity checks, searches, the closure of the "Fraria"
documentation centre, beating and even torture, unconnected in any way with
events on the streets. It is a situation which is best described as a vice grip
designed to break up any nascent form of social movement and punish all those
initiatives who have had members sentenced, together with other collectives,
groups and individuals who are directly involved and who openly fight against
neo-fascism in the institutions and on the streets, against militarism and war,
against nazi-psychiatry (see the dossier on Ritalin contained in the book by
Luisa S. and Chiara G. - "Il desiderio, il controllo, l'eresia") and the
poisoning of the environment. Add to this the solidarity with the struggles of
the railway workers, the Teulada fishermen and those who work to keep alive the
historical memory of anarchism and for the anti-commercial and libertarian
festive socialization.

One thing is clear: solidarity is a weapon with which we can defend the freedom
of targetted individuals and with them our struggles and our freedoms!

PS: Against the criminalization of dissent we need the utmost vigilance and
solidarity. It might be worthwhile digging up again that old (?) saying, "kill
them with laughter", but when the lives of comrades are at stake there's not
much to laugh about, even when the repression passes from the ridiculous to the

The hunt against anarchists is nothing new, we are used to it by now - but the
fragmentation of the movement only helps this authoritarian policy.

The repression is not interested in clubs, parties or organizations - it is
aimed indifferently albeit pointlessly at all of us, all those who refuse to
surrender and whose hopes and rage remain strong.

Alternativa Libertaria - 16-30 November 2004
online news-sheet of the FdCA

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