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(en) Libertarian Anarchist Collective - Livorno: "Prefecture" process. Revenge is done! Let's relaunch solidarity! (it)

Date Thu, 15 Jul 2021 08:52:55 +0300

Almost 9 years have passed since on 30 November, 1 and 2 December 2012 the city of Livorno experienced three days of real "madness". ---- Three days of provocations and violent charges by the police in riot gear with several injured. ---- It all started with a simple peaceful protest during a Democratic Party rally at the maritime station on November 30th. On that occasion there were several cold charges against the demonstrators. ---- The following day, 1 December, demonstrating with an itinerant garrison in the city center, various political, social and trade union realities denounced the offices of the night before, with megaphone interventions. At the end of the garrison, just as the end of the demonstration was announced over the megaphone, the officials of the police station lined up police and carabinieri in riot gear. After threatening the demonstrators, an illegitimate and indiscriminate charge was ordered without any warning that crossed half the square, repeatedly hitting all the people who were there with the radios, a violence in which passersby and people who had stopped listen to the interventions. This serious bullying of the police, in one of the main squares in the center, in the middle of the Saturday stroll, it immediately provoked a great indignation in the city. And many people already after the charge stopped to express their support for the demonstrators.
For the following day, Sunday 2 December, a demonstration against police violence was immediately called. A large mass demonstration was the response of the city and prevented the succession of further violence. An event that showed, once again, how this city is not willing to accept the bullying of those who want to violently prevent the freedom of expression and demonstration, of those who on that occasion did everything to provoke unrest as well as during the so-called "Assault on the Prefecture"
For those facts over 20 activists and activists went to trial. "Surgically" identified among the members of political and trade union structures and also accused of moral responsibility.
After 9 years, the three levels of trial were concluded and the sentences became final. The same justice that acquits the killers of the Viareggio massacre as well as those responsible for hundreds of homicides at work but which has no qualms in hitting activists * and trade unionists * for years engaged in social struggles alongside thousands of citizens and workers in difficulty. Some of them very young at the time.
The sentences imposed are very heavy. The Supreme Court, confirming a well-established practice in these and other cases, has decided to consider it inadmissible in an appeal presented by the lawyers. All this despite there were serious procedural irregularities in the appeal sentence. 5 activists materially risk jail in the coming months. Between compensation and fines in 20 will have to pay almost one hundred thousand euros. One of the defendants has already been notified of the foreclosure of the first home.
We consider this sentence a very serious fact. A political sentence to punish those who affirmed the freedom of demonstration. A useless revenge, which has failed to block social struggles and the rooting in the city fabric of those who, with their business, have built and continue to build a real social opposition, alongside all workers, workers, individuals in difficulty , against marginalization and exploitation, against the looting of the territory. Precisely to support this constant commitment, which has never stopped either with repression or
with the pandemic, solidarity is needed. For this reason, we ask to support also economically, as well as politically, the comrades affected by the repression through a contribution to support the huge legal costs.
Because now as then: Livorno does not fold!

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