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(en) Italy condemns woman for being "socially dangerous" after fighting alongside Kurds By Veröffentlicht am (ca)

Date Tue, 4 Aug 2020 09:21:24 +0300

After spending almost a year fighting against the Islamic State in Rojava, the Kurdish region of Syria, 29-year-old Italian woman Maria Edgarda "Eddi" Marcucci was sentenced to two years of special surveillance by the Turin court in March 2020. ---- The young woman is prohibited from leaving her house between 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. She is also not allowed to frequent public places after 6 pm, and every time she moves outside the Piedmontese capital she must notify the police. ---- His driver's license and passport have been confiscated. You cannot drive to or leave Italy, as your identity document is no longer valid for expatriation. You also cannot participate in any public event. ---- "Socially dangerous" ---- The prosecutor in charge of her case, Emanuela Pedrotta, considered that María Edgarda Marcucci represents "a social danger", although the young woman had not committed any crime.

The Office of the Prosecutor issued the hypothesis of a "future crime", and argued that Marcucci had turned "the fight against the capitalist system (his own) reason for living."

Kurdish Democratic Confederalism

After fighting in the Kurdish Women's Protection Units (YPJ) in defense of the Afrin canton until June 2018, the young Italian woman undertook a journey through the Italic peninsula to tell about the Kurdish revolutionary experience, which began in 2012 in Syria.

In an interview with Euronews , Marcucci explains that, in this way, he exposed "democratic confederalism", Kurdish ideology, in "cultural associations, universities, research groups, social centers, congresses and schools" throughout the country.

The young woman defends the Kurdish democratic self-organization system, which is based on the principles of libertarian municipalism, direct democracy, ecology, feminism, multiculturalism and the economy of the cast.

"This political experience has given us new tools to understand how the destiny of our people and people is intimately linked to the rest of the world. Back in Italy, we explained how such a radical, profound and effective change is possible, to which five million people have voluntarily joined ", explains Marcucci.

"Constant opposition to the measures of the public authorities"

In their sentence, the three magistrates justify the severity of the measures by the "constant, stubborn and latent opposition to the measures of the public authorities" that would characterize Marcucci.

Maria Edgarda "Eddi" Marcucci
The Turin judges claim that their participation in a demonstration at the Turin Chamber of Commerce in November 2019 was decisive in applying such severe measures.

Activists stormed the scene while holding a conference to denounce "a commercial exchange in the aerospace sector in which Turkey was also allegedly involved," according to official documents. A peaceful movement, Marcucci points out, in which with "banners and brochures" they denounced "the supply of war material to Turkey."

"Daesh has been an enemy of humanity, and after the invasion of Turkey in October 2019, the Islamic State is even regaining strength," criticizes the young woman.

"We have been accused of being a social danger, but the question is: what society are we talking about? I have no doubt that it was correct and I have deep respect for this revolution, "he adds.

Italian internationalists in Rojava
"A dangerous precedent for civil liberties in Italy"

Marcucci affirms that the judicial process to which she has been subjected is a "monstrosity" generated by "morbid and persecutory attention to social dissent".

"This is a very dangerous precedent for civil liberties in this country," says Marcucci.

However, the young Italian was the only one of the six people prosecuted to be convicted. For her, the accusatory system "does not revolve around the guilt or innocence of a person, but is based on a prediction of behavior."

Marcucci hopes to appeal this decision in the fall so that he can defend himself before the Italian courts.
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