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(en) Sicily, Italy: Text of joint FAS-FAI-FdCA Liberation Day leaflet - "Against Every Fascism" (it)

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Date Tue, 26 Apr 2005 00:51:31 +0200 (CEST)

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Sixty years after the Liberation of Italy from fascism and nazism, we
anarchists will remember the date of 25th April so that we can keep alive the
ideas of that struggle and the sacrifice which must never be forgotten.
The contribution of the anarchists to the Resistance was fundamental: the
anarchist and libertarian inspired partisan units, which saw the involvement of
so many comrades from the South, were among the first to organize themselves in
order to fight the nazis and fascists.
But anarchist opposition to fascism had already manifested itself years before
in 1921 when the Arditi del Popolo, those fighters who organized for popular
self-defence, stood up to the terrorist tactics of the fascist squads backed up
by the Carabinieri and the Royal Guards. And more than once did they put the
carabinieri and the fascists to flight, for example in Parma and Sarzana. And
it was there, in the region of Carrara, that the anarchists were the first to
break the "Gothic Line" of the Nazis during the Resistance.

For us anarchists, the Resistance was, and still is, part of a greater plan for
social change which unfortunately did not come about, thanks to compromises
made by the anti-fascist parties (the Italian Communist Party first and
foremost) with the directives of the Allied Powers.

Opposition to fascism is something we understand as being part of the struggle
against any form of authoritarianism, for whoever is an enemy of freedom is an
enemy of ours.

Every day we watch as fascism and authoritarianism in various forms once again
rear their ugly faces: we see it in the nature and in the actions of western
governments who are destroying the rights and liberties of millions of people
in the world. A world devastated by wars and an unbearable divide between those
who have too much and those who have nothing.

Fascism is alive in the racist laws introduced in Italy by the centre-left
government (the Turco-Napolitano Law) and by the centre-right government (the
Bossi-Fini Law), laws which destroy the lives, the dreams and the hopes of
immigrants who are denied everything, including the right to exist.

Fascism lives in the labour laws introduced in Italy by the centre-left (the
Treu Packet) and by the centre-right (the Biagi Law) which have reduced work to
a state of exploitation without future: precarity, flexibility and blackmail -
these are the watchwords of the slaves of the new economy.

Fascism lives in the constant and intrusive interference of religion in the
public arena: the Vatican and the ecclesiastic hierarchies continue to
influence the dominant class, politics, laws and every area of social life from
education to healthcare, poking its nose into the body of every woman and
thretening the right to an aware maternity and in general to free, responsible
and secular sexuality.

It is for all these reasons that for us, every day is the 25th April.

Resisting to free ourselves from injustice and authority is a daily need.

Fighting every day for a society based on equality, liberty, social justice,
self-management and self-government means developing a revolutionary practice
which we cannot and will not renounce.

Nucleo "Giustizia e Libertà" of the Federazione Anarchica Siciliana (FAS)
Some comrades of the Federazione Anarchica Italiana (FAI) - Palermo
Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici (FdCA) - Palermo Section

Translation by nmcn/ainfos

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