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(en) UK, Anarchist Federation National Secretary on the letter bombing campaign

From Anarchist Federation <info@afed.org.uk>
Date Thu, 8 Jan 2004 00:05:23 -0000 (GMT)

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Anarchist Federation – IAF-IFA c/o 84b Whitechapel High Street,
London E1 7QX info@afed.org.uk www.afed.org.uk
As an anarchist I am disgusted by the recent attempts to link Italian
comrades to the current bombing campaign against targets connected to the
EU, including Gary Titley, a New Labour MEP in Manchester. These
outrageous claims should come as no surprise to those who are familiar
with the Italian State’s shameful history of provocations and attacks
against it’s own civilians, the most infamous of these being the ‘strategy
of tension’ employed by the Italian state during the late 1970s.

In this period worker’s struggles were becoming increasingly numerous and
militant. Italian fascist groups, with the backing of sectors of the
Italian State, responded with a bombing campaign, which was then blamed on
Anarchists, and designed to incite a breakdown in public order and enable
sectors of the Italian State to crush rebellious sections of the Italian
working classes. The most horrific of these bombings took place in Bologna
in 1980, in which a bomb was detonated at a rail station killing 85 people
and injuring over 200. The ‘strategy of tension’ is well documented – a
report from the Italian parliamentary committee of inquiry into the
bombings reported that ‘some Fascists in the group of terrorists in
question worked for the Carbinieri (Italian Paramilitary Police), that
others had contact with the army or the police and that they received
valuable and timely information in the progress of investigation into
their activities’ (1). Similar well documented provocations and brutal
restrictions of the rights of Italian citizens occurred as recently as
July 2001 during the anti-G8 demonstrations in Italy.

I cannot help but notice the similarity between these horrific attempts
and the current bombing campaign. Yet again resistance to the Italian
state and capital is growing, with anarchists at the forefront of this
fight. Whilst the EU, European Parliament and European Central Bank are
oppressive institutions there are many worse offenders. For example
Italian anarchists and workers see Berlusconi’s government as a much
greater threat to freedom. If it really is anarchists behind these attacks
why didn’t they attack Berlusconi and his government, which are so much
more relevant to their daily lives? Why were the bombs so amazingly
ineffectual? A well known fascist, Gabriele D’Annunzio, wrote the book
used to hide the bomb sent to Romano Prodi this is not the kind of action
anarchists would take. Is it just an amazing coincidence that the
ludicrously named ‘Informal Anarchist Federation’ has claimed
responsibility? No Italian Anarchist group has ever heard of this
organisation before and unsurprisingly, for those who are familiar with
the Italian State’s history of provocations, the acronym (F.A.I.) matches
that of an ‘above-ground’ revolutionary organisation, the Italian
Anarchist Federation (F.A.I.), an organisation strongly opposed to both
terrorist tactics and the terrorism of governments and capital.

These attacks throw up more questions about the Italian state and its
history of provocations (which I urge all anarchists to familiarise
themselves with) than it does about the anarchist movement in Italy. I
thus call for an immediate end to harassment and insinuations against
Italian Anarchists. If the investigators are serious about stopping this
latest wave of terrorist attacks they could do a lot worse than
investigating Berlusconi and the Italian State.

National Secretary
Anarchist Federation – IAF-IFA

Relevant links:

www.afed.org.uk - Anarchist Federation website
www.iaf-ifa.org - International of Anarchist Federations website

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