Between Indifference and War (Italy)

(Leaflet distributed in Lecce during a solidarity initiative with the Bologna anarchists)

Today like yesterday the homicidal potentialities of terrorism are little thing compared to those of State power […]. No organization defined ‘terrorist’ can compare to governments when it comes of kidnapping, torturing and making people disappear.
H.M. Enzensberger

A few weeks ago the news broke of the nth massacre in the Mediterranean sea, off the Maltese coasts. More than 250 people drowned, sunk to the sea bed along with the ship onto which they were crammed. This was not an accident but a massacre deliberately committed: the authority chose not to allow those people in ‘its international water’ and eventually not to succour them as they were dying.

When something like this happens, it is necessary to find the responsible, that is to say the persons behind and the perpetrators of the massacre. This is not difficult. That massacre is the result of a proper terrorist act perpetrated by the States – not only the Maltese one, which the Italian government tried to give the entire responsibility to.

That massacre was not the first and unfortunately it will not be the last. It has been estimated that 16,000 deaths have occurred around the borders of Fortress Europe since 1988. People fleeing poverty, famine, persecution and war. All conditions created by governments and economies – here are the responsible, the persons behind and the perpetrators – in the name of the highest profit at all costs. It is sufficient to think of the Libyan war, which Italy also participates in, a century after its first attempt at colonising that country. Actually Italian colonialism in Libya has never stopped in this century: it has penetrated through Italian companies and bilateral agreements with the Libyan regime. Companies such as Impreglio, ENI, Finmeccanica and Unicredit are among the main exploiters of Libyan people and resources, just as they do with Italian proletarians.

Some people uncovered the responsible – the persons behind massacres, the terrorists – and decided not to stay silent. They chose to publicly denounce the responsible for massacres, to oppose them and attack them. This was the only thing to be done in order not to be accomplices of those responsible, the only effective way of practicing solidarity. Among these people, the anarchists of Fuoriluogo of Bologna, who put themselves between indifference and war, between the persons behind massacres and the massacres. For this reason, five of them were arrested, seven subjected to judicial restrictions and their site was seized. All under the charge of organized crime.

If to oppose wars and the governments waging them, if to recognize the terrorist responsibilities for massacres falling on the giants of world exploitation means to be delinquents, then we are delinquents too. If it is laws that perpetrate and reproduce exploitation and the death of millions of desperate – from both sides of the Mediterranean coast – then it is only by being outlaw that we can avoid to be accomplices of those laws. To attack them is just an obvious consequence.


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This entry was posted on Monday, May 16th, 2011 at 8:16 pm and is filed under No Borders.