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(en) Italy: "Alternativa Libertaria", nov.2005 - Jack-in-the-box [it]

Date Thu, 24 Nov 2005 16:42:58 +0200


From the press, we learn of admissions of responsibility, of plots as easy to
dismantle as lego, of the fault being anarchists' (all the TV news shows) or
anarcho-insurrectionalists (RAI 3 news), of "organizations" responsible for the
various "Jack-in-the-box" attacks - those little surprise packages, letter
bombs or suchlike.
Bologna: Jack-in-the-box for the mayor, Cofferati.
Presumed motives of those responsible (according to the minister): Yeah, we'll
show that old Stalinist wanker we're not joking and put the fucking
Disobbedienti in the shit at the same time.
Motives of the secret services: The State is on the Mayor's side; a shadow is
thrown on the movement against the evictions; militants get worried, terror
among ordinary citizens; grassroots struggles wilt; political mediation is
restored.
Final result: The Bolognese movement is in the shit; Cofferati becomes a
martyr; much time and energy is spent distancing oneself; anarchists involved
in the movement forced to constantly show their worth and always risking
exclusion.

Val di Susa: Jack-in-the-box for the high-speed railway (TAV).
Presumed motives of those responsible: To radicalize the mass protest in the
Val di Susa; to give the vanguards an example; to make a dramatic gesture on
behalf of the poor masses of sheep and inflame the hearts of revolutionaries;
to demonstrate that the individual is always more advanced than the masses.
Motives of the secret services: Erm... this crowd are all mayors, families,
normal people with no masks, even kiddies; they need a good hiding, but then
there'd be an inquiry; d'you know what - why don't we put a nice harmless
Jack-in-the-box on the line, no-one will get hurt, it'll ruin their movement,
they'll spend more time protesting their innocence than protesting against the
train!
Final result: Movement in difficulty, forced to defend itself from suspicion of
terrorism, distance itself, spending more time protesting its innocence than
protesting the train line; political mediation replaces grassroots struggle;
the DS party takes over and indicentally regains political control of the
region.

Parma: 2 Jack-in-the-boxes for the Carabinieri Special Branch.
Presumed motives of those responsible: Let this be a warning that we know
you're trying to frame us with your "investigations".
Motives of the secret services: Bologna and Susa are not enough, we need a real
attack at the heart of the State and some stupid carabiniere to fall for it so
we can launch a witch-hunt for subversives.
Triple final result: Bologna, Susa, Parma - the latest in the terror campaign
against the movements and repression of social struggles; sure, a bit too early
for the election campaign, but from now until April, there'll be plenty more.
We can't disappoint everyone who's waiting for the pre-election strategy of
tension, can we? A 40-year-old tradition!

For some time now, not only have we analyzed and understood that the object of
the policies of an increasingly security-obsessed Europe of criminalization and
repression are directed at the anarchist movement, not only at anarchist
militants, but also in the sense of anarchist practices and grassroots,
self-managed social organization which has little or nothing to do with the
institutional left or political representation delegated to the party
professionals in national parliaments or in Strasbourg. It is an operation that
could not openly be performed with an attack on the movements' official
organizations, but only through small terrorist actions, just as effective in
throwing the newly-resurgent anarchist movement back into the shadows of
history, to blacken its name, to scare off its supporters, to force it to
continualy protect itself from attacks on its name. Making life difficult for
the anarchist movement means helping the Disobbiedienti and their ilk to become
the stage-managed "opposition", in the knowledge that they are willing to play
the part of political mediators and representatives as long as they get their
15 minutes of media glory every so often. It means making life difficult for
anarchists who work in mass social and union activity, forcing them to distance
themselves from the "nasty" anarchists and politically paralyze the movement.
Sure, at present the movement, or rather its younger sectors, is dominated by
devotion to literature whose approach is far from political. The black bloc,
John Zerzan and the erroneous conception of the anarchist as individualist who
is willing to organize temporarily by affinity. In the illusion of escaping
police control, in the arrogance of criticizing organized anarchism, in the
romantic dream of being enough in oneself, in the total disregard for mass,
popular action. Just that - literature.

Faced with this sort of preventive counter-revolution, we need to realize that:
* class-struggle anarchism risks being backed into a corner, exhausted by
having to explain ceaselessly that it is not what everyone assumes it to be,
while knowing that it will be targetted by the State once the class struggles
which directly attack capitalist interests show their face; we need to remain
firmly anchored to the mass dimension, to continue to analyze events clearly;
* repression can be fought off with legal help, with defence committees and
with a good deal of patience and solidarity but that on this point there is
much to be done;
* we ourselves can prevent the criminalization of the struggles and the
movements through clear analysis of the mass dimension of the movements, as
spontaneity is often the precursor of traps and attacks. (The CUB grassroots
union, in fact, was spot on in calling a strike of all sectors in the Val di
Susa after the FIOM had called one for its own sector, industry.)

Our synergies, alliances and political choices must be unambiguous.

* * *
Article from "Alternativa Libertaria", November 2005, news-sheet of the FdCA.

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