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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #288 - Italy: Migrants lose their "divine protection" (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sun, 18 Nov 2018 06:23:25 +0200


The far right in power was right in an initiative of solidarity with migrants. In mid-October, the squat Chez Jésus on the Franco-Italian border was expelled by the carabinieri. ---- Clavière is a small Italian village, ski resort of a hundred inhabitants whose population can be multiplied in high season. Enclosed in the mountains, Clavière is the last stopover point before the French border. Only a small kilometer separates the last bus stop from the French border post, still shorter distance if one passes by the mountain. It is here that opened in February 2018, in an annex located under the church of the village, the squat Chez Jésus. ---- Jesus was a place of help, refuge and solidarity. The group that opened it, made up of French and Italian activists, worked hard to help refugees from Italy who wanted to join France. Last place before the border, Chez Jésus was a place where refugees could rest, eat and equip themselves before undertaking the long walk of several hours to reach Briançon, several kilometers away, or to return after having been turned back by the police at the borders. The work of these activists was of almost vital utility for many refugees, whether in legal or material assistance. In a context where, this year alone, at least three refugees have died in this part of the mountain, it is inconceivable to minimize the impact this collective has had on the very survival of individuals. Unfortunately, all this stopped on October 10, following the eviction of the squat in the noise of the boots of the carabinieri, the Italian gendarmes in black suit.

The squat had until then enjoyed a " christic protection ". Indeed, the anti-squat policy in Italy is more severe than in France. It is not enough to have an invoice or to change the locks, the police can come and break the door and put everyone out on their own. But in the case of Chez Jésus, being in a church protected until then expulsion. In Italy, one crushes the most basic human rights but one would not be allowed to trample the properties of the Holy Cross. And the church could not give permission for the expulsion of the place, although the local priest was not very inclined to have anarchist activists as neighbors. This form of temporary religious protection allowed the comrades to campaign for several months.

Vatican authorizes evacuation
The arrival of the extreme right in power seems to have changed the situation. It is believed that Interior Minister Salvini urged the Vatican to authorize the evacuation. Divine protection went away. The animating collective Chez Jésus was then found on the parking lot in plain sight, sleeping outside on the asphalt at a temperature of around 0 ° C at night. As often during difficult periods of stress, fatigue and pressure, dissonances appeared after the expulsion and the group was strongly affected. The authorities left them in the car park for several days before finally expelling them on 15 October. This repression aims to reduce any solidarity movement towards migrants.

Jesus may not be resurrected. But do not underestimate our strengths and our pugnacity to do what is right and live our ideals. We must affirm our solidarity with our comrades who struggle day by day at the border. Show them that they are not alone and that their actions are not in vain: other collectives and other squats will emerge and act against identity and racist policies and to help refugees face Fortress Europe.

Jack (AL Saint-Denis), from Clavière

http://www.alternativelibertaire.org/?Italie-les-migrant-es-perdent-leur-protection-divine
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