A - I n f o s
a multi-lingual news service by, for, and about anarchists **

News in all languages
Last 40 posts (Homepage) Last two weeks' posts

The last 100 posts, according to language
Castellano_ Deutsch_ Nederlands_ English_ Français_ Italiano_ Polski_ Português_ Russkyi_ Suomi_ Svenska_ Türkçe_ The.Supplement
First few lines of all posts of last 24 hours || of past 30 days | of 2002 | of 2003 | of 2004 | of 2005

Syndication Of A-Infos - including RDF | How to Syndicate A-Infos
Subscribe to the a-infos newsgroups
{Info on A-Infos}

(en) Portugal, "LUTA SOCIAL" * n. 5/6: Repression in Italy

Date Tue, 06 Sep 2005 08:00:11 +0300

In Italy the repression against dissidents and anarchists never stopped,
in practice, having more or less intensity according to the circumstances
and/or the political and propaganda necessities from the various governments.
Genoa G8 was for sure a higher level in repressive intensity in this
country, and presently the repression activity is threatening all those
that fight in different struggles, whether they are against specific
structures, or against the system in general: environmental struggles
(particularly those against the projected high velocity trains, with
devastating ecological consequences), antimilitarist, animalist,
against the provisional detention centres for clandestine immigrants,
against capitalist globalisation, etc.
The successive waves of home searches and arrests against anarchists and
anti-globalisation activists have occurred using vague pretexts and true
“theorem” building by the prosecutors who tries afterwards to make such
claim sound reasonable with a series of proofs being picked up or
In a good proportion it is a “already seen film” since the end of the
60ies: the plot is always the same, the actors are new as well as some
details of the story, but not the director. This time the sit-com presents
another episode, that allowed the government to sound the alarm on the
anarchist danger: it’s about packet-bombs and trapped letters sent to
politicians (among others to Romano Prodi) and to “carabinieri”
headquarters, by a phantom– and hitherto unknown – Informal Anarchist
Federation (FAI).
The police attempt to trouble the waters is the more grotesque and
ridicule as the identity of the initials of the Italian Anarchist
Federation (also FAI). That would be laughable, if: a) it didn’t bring a
tougher repression, that still goes on today; b) if it didn’t bring on
stage dangerous and dark manoeuvres and connexions between a so-called
anarcho-insurrectionalist sector (dating back from the 80ies) and the
police, with some infiltrations performed by the later.
In the most recent affairs the posting of explosives allows the greatest
a) It’s a novelty, it doesn’t fit with way the various components of the
anarchist galaxy proceed;
b) The initiative appears much like a mimic
c) Its name is ridicule for anarchists, whatever their tendency.
Naturally, some small fish are caught in the net – as a pretext of
fighting subversive forces- who is not really involved in such “postal
In his semester report, home minister, Pisanu, defined in such terms the
Informal Anarchist Federation: «(...)the most dangerous subversive
component at present….a central core for orientation, in charge of the
violent initiative program and, in some instances, potentially lethal,
related to pre-defined theme; a network not circumstantial but functional
to perform the subversive project; a common strategic vision that
regulates timings, progression in violence level and the territorial
And all this on account of informality! If one takes in account that in
the Italian anarchist milieu one doesn’t know anything about such phantom
Federation, the good Berlusconni minister (ex- Christian democrat) is
showing to know too much after all.
Nevertheless, repression is not stopping the anarchists and all those that
oppose the system from fighting against it. And this is the important

To know more about this:

A-infos-en mailing list

A-Infos Information Center