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(en) Italy, Coordinating Regional Libertarian: Against the nationalist rhetoric, we remember the defectors, the renitents, the shotguns. -- launch the antimilitarism. (it) [machine translation]

Date Thu, 1 Nov 2018 08:02:56 +0200

Wars today, wars yesterday: no holiday for the massacre! ---- We refuse to join the nationalist choir of those who celebrate the centenary of the victory of the First World War. Instead we want to remember who that carnage tried to stop it, who refused to sacrifice for the profits and fanaticism of others, who took to the streets asking for bread and peace defying imprisonment and deportation. ---- A war that has led to millions of dead, mutilated, invalids, missing, war "fools", mass shootings, mass graves, environmental devastation, explosion of nationalist fury, media manipulation, mythology of criminals in uniform like Cadorna and Graziani, Badoglio or Rommel who then held central roles in the dictatorships born on the ruins of that conflict.

We recall that the First World War was also a history of desertions. In Caporetto and Vittorio Veneto, thousands of soldiers from both sides abandoned the army: they were sent to fight a war waged by bourgeois, masters and fanatical intellectuals. Countless and often forgotten by official history were riots, mutinies, sabotages.

Now the world scenario has profoundly changed. What has not changed (it has only been updated) is the nationalist and militaristic propaganda aimed at demonstrating the usefulness of the armies and its missions, both abroad and in our cities. Wars are justified by a thousand reasons, but continue to be caused by capitalist interests and lead - today as then - death and destruction.

This is why we believe it is important on this date to support the reasons for antimilitarism and to discuss the role of the armies today.

How much do you spend today in weapons and war technology? How much is the export of arms to Italy? Which countries are we selling and how many conflicts do we participate directly and indirectly? What moves in Europe with the start of military cooperation with the establishment of a permanent "Pesco" coordination structure (a clear attempt to give life to the new European army), which already benefits from a funding of 13 billion euros? What is the weight of the school in "enlisting" boys and girls in this hierarchical mentality and typically militaristic obedience masked by empty patriotism? What is the role of propaganda?
Armies are increasingly carrying out an internal control service. Under the guise of terrorism, the crisis and social instability, successive governments in Italy have used the various armed forces as a deterrent against protests and in particular against the activism of popular sectors in revolt against environmental devastation ( see the TAV in Val Susa or the landfills of toxic waste in Campania). We can speak of a real experimentation of an "internal war" front, a sort of social militarization where, not least, the "ethnic invasion" scarecrow is shaken to justify the increase of police and military in the streets and on borders.

This, together with a renewed and explicit war intervention outside our borders: war operations less and less disguised as "humanitarian wars" and more and more clearly carried out "to defend national interests" or the profits of Italian multinationals that continue to plunder the natural resources of non-European countries, particularly in Africa.

The rhetoric born of yesterday's nationalisms feed those of today.

Claiming an antimilitarist memory means fighting them both.

Saturday 3 November Antimilitarist demonstration, Gorizia, h.15

Concentration in front of the train station.

Conclusion in Piazza della Vittoria with musical intervention by Alessio Lega

Coordinating Regional Libertarian


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