(en) the greatest mount-up against anarchists since 30 years

luc pac (lucpac@freenet.hut.fi)
Sun, 22 Dec 1996 18:44:16 +0100

this is an official statement edited by the Italian Anarchist Defence=


On the morning of 17 September, 1996, around 300 members of the Carabinieri
special squads carried out raids and arrests against anarchists across=

This act of repression is part of a campaign orchestrated by the Roman judge
Antonio Marini and the prosecutors Ionta and Vigna, a campaign which seeks
to prove the existence of a mythical subversive anarchist paramilitary
organisation. The first wave of raids occurred in November =9195, but at=
time the authorities found neither weapons nor bankrolls nor hideouts nor
documents concerning the 'gang', which lacked indeed even a name.


The actions of Tuesday 17 September were carried out by masked and armed
Carabinieri. The results were very serious: 29 arrest warrants and dozens of
people that have been officially informed to be under investigation. Some of
the accused were arrested and immediately taken to the Rebibbia prison
(Rome) to await judge Marini's pleasure; others are currently in hiding. It
is still not known exactly how many or who has been arrested - the latter
have been denied the right to see anyone, and have not even been able to
talk to their own lawyers.

The charges are very serious and range from subversive association to
robbery, the manufacture of weapons and homicide. In practice this means
accusing the anarchist movement of all the unsolved crimes of recent years,
without any proof being offered. An indication of the climate of persecution
surrounding the arrests is the judge's statement that "I want to arrest a
gang of terrorists before I retire".

Another very disturbing matter is the press release issued by the
Carabinieri, which talks of a non-existent subversive organisation
structured on two levels: the first, hidden and illegal, is said to be
protected by a more visible "second level", ideal for "camouflaging itself
in the social milieu and interacting with other subversive cells in a
dangerous, criminal brotherhood". It's clear that this notion of a "second
level" is intended to strike at all those situations of widespread sociality
and solidarity (like El Paso in Turin and other occupied places throughout
Italy) which have furnished and continue to furnish support to all those who
will not submit to the repressive apparatuses of the State. The theorem of
the "second level" is the mechanism through which a very violent attack
could be carried out against many situations of the movement in the near=


Tuesday the 10th of December there has been the preliminary hearing of the
trial ruled by the Judge Marini & C.: the hearing began and was postponed to
the 16th, 17th, 21st and 24th of January 1997. In this first part they will
only decide if we all will be put on trial for armed group, sabotage, etc.
Maybe they=92ll decide that someone will be sentenced just for other charges
or absolved... (many of the 21 people arrested the 17 of September are
charged of bank robbery, murder, massacre, etc).

Since the 17th of September (when "Operazione Pontelungo" started) till now
(20th of december) 3 people are on bail (Stefano Moreale, Francesco
Berlemmi, Apollonia Cortimiglia, their arrest hasn=92t been confirmed), 4=
under house arrests (Salvatore Gugliara, Tiziano Andreozzi, Giuseppina
Riccobono, Cristina Lo Forte) they all were on hunger strike), 8 are
fugitive (Massimo Passamani, Guido Mantelli, Roberta Nano, Rose Ann Scrocco,
Barcia Giovanni,, Condr=F2 Salvatore, Angela Lo Vecchio, Evangelia=
14 remain in jail.

Beside these 29 people that Marini ordered to arrest, there are other 39
individuals suspected taking part of this incredible organization Marini
called O.R.I.A. (Organizzazione Anarchica Insurrezionalista Armata). This
abbreviation, on the contrary of what pigs said on TV, never appeared. In
both raids operated by the Carabinieri on the 16th Nov. =9295 and the 17th
Sept. =9296 they didn=92t find any guns or documents showing the=
program, any of these things. Of course they found many letters from/by the
jail, many fliers, books, posters, agenda, etc.=20

The only things they found are guns and explosives in a cave in Rome in =929=
this is part of another made-up against anarchists about the Silocchi
kidnapping (for what has been arrested Gregorian Garagin, Orlando Campo,
Francesco Porcu, all involved in the Marini inquiry). The 18th of December
the Third Grade Court decided that the entire trial has to be repeated - in
the 2nd Grade they sentenced to prison for life and 22 years two
anarchists. Even in this trial proofs were ridiculous. Just one example: one
of the anarchist condemned is accused for typewriting a letter with a
machine that wasn=92t on sale yet.

One of the most important things to know is the following: the judge and the
Carabinieri forced and paid a young girl 21 years old (ex girlfriend of one
of the anarchists arrested in Trento) to talk and =91confess=92 about the
=91anarchist gang=92 crimes from 1985 to 1995. She=92s never been an=
Her declaration are ridiculous (meeting of the band in some Italian squat
quietly programming murder and assault and similar things). The 13th of
December the Second Grade Court sentenced to other 2 years of jail the four
anarchists catched in Trento (Sept. =9294) for other two bank assault=
any verified proof but the declaration of this young girl who accused
herself to take part in this assault and in this phantomatic organisation.
The Court of Trento believed her even if she wasn=92t able to remember
absolutely anything about =91her=92 robbery. But it doesn=92t matter for the
Justice: they needed to prove she=92s right because she=92s the only proof=
the existence of the band. This permitted Marini to start with his inquiry
in =9295.

Then Marini joined together every inquiry against anarchists of the last 10
years: the bank robbery made by Alfredo Bonanno and Pippo Stasi (1987), the
presumed bomb attacks by Marco Camenisch, every investigations made by the
judge Vigna for =91subversive association=92 against anarchists...
Many of the 29 were already in jail: Antonio Budini, Carlo Tesseri, Jean
Weir and Christos Stratigopulos since sept=9294 for the bank robbery near
Trento; Orlando Campo, Gregorian Garagin, Francesco Porcu for the Silocchi
kidnapping; Horst Fantazzini (since 25 years) for many robbery and assault,
Marco Camenisch for bombs attack.


Comitato Difesa Anarchici are individuals taking care of the anarchist
prisoners in Italy. His functions is to keep the contacts between prisoners
and the outside, with letters, packages, money and whatever. To pay the
legal expenses, and to promote counterinformation. It already exist a
bulletin, coming out every two months, about the situation of the prisoners.

Our =91defense=92: we refuse as anarchists, as Commitee, to =91defend=92 our
comrades as innocent. We don=92t care about what the judges say. They could
charge everyone for any kind of accusation, but according to us they are in
prisons just because they=92re anarchists. This is our position.=20

There are also other =91anarchists=92 who discriminate between charges: bank
robbery is -maybe- okay (is an anarchist correct act) not murder (criminal
act). Apart the way these =91anarchists=92 could decide if the accusation=
true or not (will they form an =91anarchist=92 police and tribunal?) we as
Commitee don=92t have any but a technical role: we receive letters from=
in jail -also personally unknown- who declare themselves anarchists. We
wrote=92em, we find=92em a lawyer of our =91list=92 who=92s available for=
the defense,
we send to prisoners money and we try to help them also to pay their lawyer
if we have money enough. We are connected with other groups, two of them
send books for free to prisoners (one just anarchists books, the other one
any kind of books).

As Committe we also broadcast in the only free-radio station in Torino
(Radio Black-Out) and send radio services weekly to other similar radio
throughout Italy. We print a bulletin and send it to many people in Italy;
recently we=92re also on computer networks. Everyone who work with us isn=92=
paid (of course).

A particular note: especially for this last police operation, we don=92t=
anymore with most of the =91anarchist=92 newspaper that didn=92t write quite
anything about it, or really ridiculous articles, showing how far they were
from these facts. The FAI (the Italian Anarchist Federation) and its
newspaper wrote about their =91anarchist pacifistic=92 attitude (of course
always saying how the State is bad toward anarchists). Not a single word of
solidarity. No one of the arrested has been recognised as an anarchist. So
we think it=92s useless to send=92em any kind of bulletin. Of course not a
single group or collective connected to FAI sent messages, money or anything
else to us or to prisoners. Clear enough?

We suggest everyone who want to manifest his solidarity to translate and
diffuse every information about this story, the biggest repression against
anarchists in last 20 years. Fliers, posters, books, pamphlet, meetings,
radio broadcasting, parties, concerts, demonstrations, actions, everything
is useful. Of course we also need money, but this is not the most important
support you can give us from abroad. In different countries people are
working to complete translation & infos: here you can find some addresses.
We will try to get copies of any translated documents, so ask us (before
start working if already exists some stuff in your language, we=92ll send=
a copy or the contact).

You can find infos of CDA on the net:
(mailing list A-INFOS@LGLOBAL.COM and
CSLIST@ECN.ORG and web pages http://www.ecn.org/zero/anarchy.htm)

write (also in french, spanish or -of course- italian but please, typewrite)=
CDA c/o El Paso, Via Passo Buole 47, 10127, Torino, Italy
packages or money to:
Mario Anzoino, Via Ormea 150, 10126, Torino, Italy.
Telephone/fax/answering machine: 0039-11-674.833

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