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(en) Sicilia Libertaria: Achates. Seven months after Dauda's disappearance - EVEN SILENCE KILLS (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Tue, 21 Mar 2023 08:33:16 +0200

We asked Michele Mililli, of the USB Social Federation, already interviewed by this newspaper in the September issue, to update us on developments in the Douda Diene affair. The interview follows. ---- Six months after Daouda's disappearance, can you tell us if there is any news from the investigators? In particular, it seems that the investigations are expressly aimed at the owners of the cement factory where Daouda was last seen. ---- Seven months after Daouda's disappearance it seems that the investigators have not yet found the key to the problem. We know that the investigation is open for manslaughter and concealment of a body and we read in the press that there are some registered in the register of suspects. A few weeks ago, molecular dogs were used to search for the body on the grounds of the Longo family business, but no results seem to have emerged. We fail to understand how it was possible not to carry out some operations close to the disappearance of Daouda. We know that on July 2 Daouda sends the 2 videos while working at the Longo family's SGV cement factory, two days later the missing person is reported. The emergency table for missing persons is activated immediately in the prefecture. Since Daouda's videos were immediately in the public domain (we received them after 72 hours), why was it not decided to seize the area in question? Why haven't the public and private cameras that frame the path that leads from Daouda's house to the cement factory been viewed? For the first month, precious time was lost following the trail of voluntary removal. But right from the start both we and Daouda's friends and family clearly stated that he could not have left voluntarily, leaving money and documents at home and having already paid for a return ticket to the Ivory Coast by the end of the month. I would like to remind you that trucks and lorries come and go continuously in the company in question. We also learn from the press that the holders of the SGV have had numerous problems with the law in the past. From the regional ANSA: "The investigators confirm that Carmelo Longo, father of the current director of the SGV Calcestruzzi company, has precedents for criminal association aimed at fraud and auction rigging. Furthermore, Carmelo Longo is the brother of Giovanni, arrested on 24 October 2019 in the plastic free operation that shed light on the Carbonaro-Dominante di Vittoria mafia clan and was conducted by the Ragusa Flying Squad, under delegation from the Catania Dda. The crimes of mafia association, multi-aggravated extortion, possession of weapons, illicit trafficking of waste were hypothesized. The Longo brothers, Carmelo and Giovanni, are the sons of Salvatore Longo, who was killed on 14 November 1990 in Acate in a mafia-style ambush in which Massimo Leonardi, 18 years old and his collaborator at the time, was also injured. Longo was hit by bullets in the head from a car after a brief chase on the Acate - Caltagirone road. The same, just a year earlier, had escaped another ambush".

But beyond the judicial investigation, some political facts remain that cannot be overlooked and forgotten, such as the questions referred to above and such as the fact that the institutions (starting with the mayors of the transformed band to end up at the provincial table against the illegal hiring) the major trade unions, the so-called anti-mafia associations and those that get along with the migrants, the national political forces have scientifically decided not to say anything on this issue, assuming the responsibility of isolating even more all those migrant workers, the U.S.B. and the C.U.B, the political fringes of the extreme left such as Rifondazione and the Anarchists, those few parliamentarians such as Campo dei 5 Stelle and Suriano di Manifesta, who have instead decided to put their face in it, to dare to challenge the silence of a city like Achates.

Do you understand that there have been any official steps from the Ivory Coast embassy?

No, there are no official passages from the embassy. We have tried to get in touch with the Italian embassy in the Ivory Coast without success

As USB you have promoted a subscription in favor of Daouda's family. Can you tell us about it and tell us the details for payments?

Since August we have launched this resistance fundraiser, with the aim of supporting Daouda's family because it has been left without any financial help and to support the legal and struggle initiatives that we have undertaken in the meantime. The fundraising launched on gofaund was open until the month of December and we have raised more than 1,500 euros which we have already sent to the family in several payments.
Of course, the resistance fund remains active and anyone can contact us directly, even through our facebook page, and make a small payment. In the coming months we believe that the legal costs we will try to meet will increase.

In your opinion, the mobilization around this case was up to the task?

Unfortunately not, it was another missed opportunity for the left and for militant politics in general. For the first few months our small organization tried to bear the blow in total solitude, the intent was to organize the struggle of the workers who showed the desire to expose themselves in the first person on this issue, the second objective was to get out from the Daouda question to the point of questioning the system of work and exploitation that is scientifically implemented throughout the transformed zone. Unfortunately, only a few of the trade union organizations responded to our continuous appeals, and only the CUB stood by our side in public demonstrations in Ragusa and Acate. Later, since October, a series of groups that revolve around and depend on the CGIL, such as Libera for example, but also the left CGIL, have decided to take an independent path on this question, without ever wanting to confront us, without ever proposing a common initiative or a participation in our initiatives, taking responsibility for appearing divided.

Are you planning new initiatives?

We will continue to raise awareness of the Daouda affair and intensify our efforts to obtain legal defense for the family. In the meantime we are continuing to build ourselves as a union organization among the labourers, also with the help of our small union/legal branch in Acate, within the Passpartù project. In February the assemblies with the workers will continue and we would like to organize a conference in March on these issues with male and female workers as protagonists.

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