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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire - Vincenzo Vecchi Case: Automating State Vengeance (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]
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 . 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
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 . This violent police
repression was condemned by the European Court of Human Rights and by Amnesty
International 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 . 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  ?
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" 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: email@example.com
 Infokiosques.net of 24 September 2012.
 Many documents on the events of Genoa 2001 are available on the website
 "Italy condemned by the ECHR for police violence at the Genoa G8 in 2001", Le Monde, 7
 Amnesty International release of 5 April 2005.
 More information on the European Arrest Warrant on the website
 "The use of the European Arrest Warrant by weakened prosecutors", Le Monde, 9 October
 The complete call can be downloaded from: on the website Comite-soutien-vincenzo.org.
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