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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire - Vincenzo Vecchi Case: Automating State Vengeance (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Fri, 15 Nov 2019 08:55:30 +0200

Vincenzo Vecchi was arrested on August 8 in Brittany under the terms of two European arrest warrants (MAE) for convictions of thirteen and four years in prison in Italy. Sentences without evidence and totally disproportionate to the alleged facts. ---- Vincenzo participated in Genoa in 2001 in the demonstration against the G8 and in 2006 in Milan in an unauthorized anti-fascist demonstration. The latter was opposed to a parade of the extreme right party, Fiamma tricolor, authorized despite the Scelba law that prohibits the apology of fascism. ---- The MAE, a weapon of repression ---- Like many other Italians, he was the victim of repression by the "Code Rocco", inherited from the fascist years of Mussolini, under the title of "sacking and looting" which is based on the notion of "moral competition". It is a principle of collective guilt totally contrary to the presumption of innocence and fundamental rights. It allows to sentence to six to fifteen years in prison for the only presence at a demonstration, without material evidence. This law was reactivated to condemn Vincenzo and his comrades to very heavy penalties [1]. On August 8, he was arrested in Brittany under the terms of two European arrest warrants (EAW), for convictions of thirteen and four years in prison in Italy.

The support committee to Vincenzo has proved that the EAW issued for the conviction of the anti-fascist demonstration in Milan in 2006 is illegal and false, since the sentence has already been carried out. That of Genoa was considered "incomplete" and a request for additional information was made to the Italian courts.

To respond to the request, a voluminous file full of technical documents was received at the registry of Rennes. The illegal broadcast of the MFA for Milan is justified by a wish to explain the enormous sentence of thirteen years in prison by the fact that Vincenzo had already had a remission of sentence for this conviction and that there could be two discounts of sentences.

There is also a letter in Italian addressed to the French attorney general who got lost in the file. He explains that dragging the case back the painful memories of "Genoa 2001 " for everyone in Italy and that it begins to stir all that ... We imagine that justice in particular does not want us to talk again about extreme repressive practices in which she participated.

Recall the extremely brutal repression that marked the counter-summit of Genoa. It has traumatized all of Italy, and deterred several generations of Italians from exercising their right to protest. An anti-globalization activist, Carlo Giulioni, was shot in the head.

The memory of Genoa 2001
Hundreds of others were beaten (for example at Diaz school), locked up, humiliated and tortured at the Bolzanetto Barracks, a sinister memory [2]. This violent police repression was condemned by the European Court of Human Rights [3]and by Amnesty International [4]but was subjected to total impunity: no trial took place following the death of Carlo Giuliani, and no prison sentence was carried out by the carabinieri. The Genoa G8 marks a turning point in both the struggles and responses of states in Europe. Some time later, the attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York occurred and many forgot the events of Genoa.

The EAW set up to replace the extradition process in Europe creates an automatic administrative relationship between justices, where civil society can no longer intervene, particularly with regard to political prisoners. Any action on the political power to prevent the surrender of a person to a third country is futile because the same political power can no longer nor to rule, nor prevent this reference [5]. The case of Vincenzo demonstrates that a state can falsify or even make an EAW with the vindictive intent to recover an activist he wants to silence by imprisoning him. How many are never reported as such on the 18,000 to 19,000 AEM issued each year [6] ?

Vincenzo, trophy of repressive politics
There is, in the integration of exceptional jurisdictions in the legislative arsenal, an extreme repressive drift and deleterious increasingly heavy. Throughout Europe, "law and order" is playing the card of escalation, police violence is unleashed, and liberticidal laws are adopted. In France, the "anti-breaker law" is used to repress the struggles by rejecting the responsibility of the violence on the demonstrators, the alterglobalists, the ecologists, the young people in the cities, the yellow vests, the migrants on the borders ... It allows arrests for the sole offense of "participation in a conspiracy to commit degradations and violence" , such as moral contest"of the Rocco Code in Italy.

How then not to worry about the fate of people arrested in this context of rising far-right movements ? What safeguard would really exist if this world were to rebase into the "unspeakable" ? It is for all these reasons that we refuse that Vincenzo Vecchi be handed over to the Italian authorities. In the current political context, we do not want it to become a trophy for the repressive policy pursued by the Italian government.

We call on all collectives and associative, cultural, trade union and political organizations to sign "the call to international solidarity with Vincenzo" [7]and the questioning of this weapon of repression that is the MFA. We call to join all the rallies demanding the release of Vincenzo, to support initiatives against the criminalization of the right to protest.

International call for solidarity
A court decision will be rendered on November 15 by the Rennes Court of Appeal. Anyway, Vincenzo will remain a political prisoner and the struggle of the support committee continues ! Either because the European Arrest Warrant for Genoa has been validated by the Court of Appeal and there will be an appeal in cassation. Or because the mandates will have been broken and Vincenzo could be free in the European Union only in France, because the EAWs are still running in the other Member States.

Pierre (UCL Lorient) and Vincenzo committee

To sign the call: appel.vincenzo@gmail.com

[1] Infokiosques.net of 24 September 2012.

[2] Many documents on the events of Genoa 2001 are available on the website Comite-soutien-vincenzo.org.

[3] "Italy condemned by the ECHR for police violence at the Genoa G8 in 2001", Le Monde, 7 April 2015.

[4] Amnesty International release of 5 April 2005.

[5] More information on the European Arrest Warrant on the website Comite-soutien-vincenzo.org.

[6] "The use of the European Arrest Warrant by weakened prosecutors", Le Monde, 9 October 2019.

[7] The complete call can be downloaded from: on the website Comite-soutien-vincenzo.org.

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