Communiqués of three comrades on trial following an act of sabotage on a high voltage pylon that took place in 2005 (Italy)

Translated by actforfree from silviacostabillyliberi:

The appeal hearing due on 5th October 2015 was postponed to 19th October because an expert appointed by the prosecution and a DIGOS officer [political police] from Pisa in charge of the investigation were absent.

The comrades’ communiqués:

Silvia and Costa:
A high voltage pylon run by Terna [electricity company] on the La Spezia-Acciaiolo railway track was sabotaged in 2005 with two dynamite charges. The action seriously damaged the pylon but did not cause it to fall down.
In the days that followed an anonymous letter sent to press agencies and the Pisa editorial group of the radical eco paper Terra Selvaggia explained that the action had been carried out against renewed plans to reinstate nuclear power. These plans had never been really dismissed after the referendum following Chernobyl, but they continued to be pursued in numerous research centres, such as the Faculty of Nuclear Engineering of the University of Pisa, considered an institute of excellence on a national level. In the same area, at the S. Rossore natural park, another structure stands out: the CISAM, site of an experimental nuclear reactor and a military research centre. This plant recently caused controversy because of the dumping of radioactive water in the Navicelli canal linking the city of Pisa to the sea. Toxic water, which has been declared safe by the usual local servants of ARPAT [state agency dealing with environmental matters] and ASL [state health agency]. On the contrary this poisonous water reminds us that there’s no way out of nuclear power: what has been produced or left as waste is the legacy of a world where energy production and military control come before anything else, even if all they give is a landfill-like world.

At that time, especially in Italy, there were no proper discussions on nuclear power even in eco milieus, where the attention on certain topics was certainly higher. It seemed that antibodies against nuclear engineers had been created with the [nuclear power] referendum after the Chernobyl disaster. But reality soon proved to be quite different: while in Belorussia ecosystems and all living beings are still suffering the terrible consequences of nuclear radiation, here we’ve forgotten what happened and continues to happen. However, this was not enough for the supporters of nuclear power; they took care to re-write a new memory, first by instilling fear of an eco-disaster, and therefore a social one, which was becoming increasingly obvious; and then they implemented blind trust in techno-science and its solutions. According to this paradigm, so-called nuclear disaster is no longer something exceptional or, most importantly, unpredictable, but it is part of a dimension where servitude is passed on as responsibility. A responsibility meant to make us believe that in times of perennial crisis and therefore risks, certain irrational ideas against the techno-world are not only unacceptable, they are also terrorist, or rather eco-terrorist. After all, isn’t the Green Economy taking care of what has been left of nature? And if there’s still any doubt it is sufficient to remember that techno science will find a solution because it is always and exclusively a question of technical problems that can be sorted out with adequate technologies.

In Fukushima, for example, it was the same company responsible for [nuclear] plants that intervened to make them safe, as it was the only company that had the adequate technologies to do so. The radioactive monster was officially kept at bay, but only because radioactivity is invisible and causes consequences that cannot be seen immediately. This allowed the Japanese techno scientists backed by powerful international nuclear lobbies to show the situation was under control, when in fact the radioactive monster was already far away in the sea, soil and air, bringing its deadly consequences all around. If in 2005 there was no attention or interest in nuclear power by the public, the nuclear power lobby had been quietly moving forward for a long time, in Italy led by ENEL, which was already investing massively in a string of new plants in France and Eastern Europe, and among other things it was using the same technologies employed in Chernobyl. Their basic project was to bring nuclear power back to Italy with the construction of new plants or the restructuring of old ones. To the inhabitants of areas stretching along the line between the Pisa Mountains to the Apuan Alps in Tuscany, roars of revolt are nothing new. The La Spezia – Acciaiolo railway track has been the target of protests for over thirty years, not only because it carries French nuclear waste but also because it causes electromagnetic pollution. On this railway track alone dozens of dynamite attacks have occurred over the years, upsetting the peace of those who nourish and reproduce the system of death. And they have also cheered up anyone who knows the language that the exploiters of all kinds take into account before and after they undertake their harmful projects.

Repression has also been there over the years: eco-anarchist Marco Camenish’s arrest in the 1990s, also accused of sabotaging the pylons of the [Terna] railway track, did not stop the attacks; on the contrary in the following years such attacks also became the expression of solidarity with him and his struggle inside Italian and Swiss prisons.
Repression was particularly hard on the eco anarchist circle il Silvestre in Pisa, a point of reference for the paper Terra Selvaggia and for several campaigns of eco-struggle and animal liberation on both a local and national level. A number of powers of attorney tried to have the activities of il Silvestre gagged through many investigations for subversive association. Florence prosecutors, who undertook the greatest numbers of legal proceedings, turned against il Silvestre after the sabotage on the pylon in Molina Di Quosa, with charges concerning not only the specific action but also yet another subversive association. The recourse to the crime of association almost always meant instilling a climate of emergency and justifying all repressive measures, leading to the arrest of seven people who were put on remand for two years, and even more considering various other restrictions.

When the trial began, the charge of criminal association was dropped in the space of a few minutes, even if it had been the real reason for justifying years of preventive detention in EIV (High Surveillance) units scattered all over Italy. As for the specific action of sabotage on the pylon, one can notice some interesting investigation methods adopted by the DIGOS, whereby requests to the power of attorney have become a pure formality: any place is suitable for their bugs and cameras, as a matter of fact if they mention houses, bugs are already placed in cars. These methods have been hampering the trial for years until it concluded with a shaky appeal, which once again managed successfully to avail the spying apparatus put in motion in the name of the state of emergency justified by the threat of subversive association looming on Pisa for years on end. On 5th and 19th October 2015 the appeal trial will begin against five comrades accused of the sabotage of the pylon. As years ago we gave voice to this act of revolt, and to any other we came to know in the pages of Terra Selvaggia, we repeat once again that it is necessary to oppose the system based on exploitation between human beings, and of other animals and nature.

As the anonymous saboteurs wrote in the letter to our paper, ‘it is time to unplug the system of death that is devastating nature and threatening life on Earth. The death projects of the nuclear power criminals won’t go unnoticed.’

The appeal trial concerning charges pressed in the context of the 2006 investigations called ‘affinity groups’ and ‘antibodies’, will be held in Florence from the 5th to 19th October. After a long time, years in prison or under house arrest, various kinds of restrictions, the dropping of the charge of criminal association and more investigations, the trial will begin once again. One of the charges relates to the sabotage of a high voltage pylon. The other one refers to an attack on a job agency. In 2005 a pylon run by Terna on the La Spezia-Acciaiolo railway track was the target of an attack and in the days that followed a letter sent to some newspapers and the editorial group of Terra Selvaggia explained that the action had been carried out against nuclear power and its nefarious consequences.

On the occasion of the trial I’d like to make some points. Over the last ten years structures and circuits of energy production and distribution been attacked very rarely, structures and circuits that represent the framework and base for power to remain in place, capital to proliferate, advanced societies to be commodified and colonized societies to be exploited. On the contrary, energy production and distribution have been given a boost thanks to ever more sophisticated technological developments, the boom of so-called renewable energy sources that contribute to defining the eco-friendly image of capital and increase the share prices of companies such as Terna, people’s increased participation and dependence on anything that works with electricity, regardless of the cost, not strictly in monetary terms, that this implies.

There still exist a great number of [nuclear power] plants in the world, and the projects of military and civilian research in the sector have never stopped, but it is obvious that over the years the perception of the problem of [nuclear] waste and of the risks related to atomic wars or disasters caused by incidents has changed. By now everybody seems to agree on the risks posed by nuclear power and on the need to reduce or avoid its use. Many scientists are raising so-called ethical questions before indiscriminate research, the Church has for decades taken a stance against nuclear power and certain aberrations brought about by scientific progress in the name of a conservatism as harmful as the philanthropic mask worn by science. Most politicians seem to agree on these stances, as proved by the recent nuclear agreement ratified with Iran, which besides being a significant geo-political choice for the opening of new markets with more circulation of goods and energy sources, is meant to guarantee that only the countries traditionally more powerful within the international community can have nuclear weapons.

The risks posed by nuclear power seem to frighten everyone. Even so-called public opinion: strong feelings of opposition and sometimes condemnation have spread among people due to fear of the risks linked to the by now well-known catastrophic consequences of a possible nuclear war. But beyond the more or less instrumental alarmism on specific aspects we know how energy production, be it fed by nuclear power or old and new resources and technologies, is still one of the fundamental pillars on which dominion bases its functioning. Those who have always supported nuclear power production and consumption for military and civilian purposes, and the contexts that have made their work possible, have been taking new roads in time. New and more acceptable projects are being financed through old earnings and new rhetoric; new deceits are being sown on soil made fertile by a decade of propaganda. It is necessary to watch attentively what’s happening around us, to understand ongoing changes and their effects on the society we live in, the many and complex directions in which industrial lobbies, research centres, economic and financial choices, the mechanisms of power, control and recuperation are heading.

All aspects of our enemy society are strictly connected to one another. The issues related to nuclear power, never definitely dismissed, the development of convergent sciences, the progress of information technology, the devastation of the environment, the economy, prison, work, inequality are all aspects linked on one leading thread, to the constant process of capitalist restructuring. There’s nothing to be saved and therefore everything is to be destroyed without remorse, hope, alternatives, promised lands or partial claims. Power is not a mythological Hydra whose head has to be cut off, nor is it some formless threat that dominates unchallenged. Instead, power affirms itself through concrete elements. Whoever, years ago, identified a pylon met a concrete and attackable target. And any harm inflicted on the sacredness of science, the value of property, the justice of the law, the media and the comfortable solution of resignation, is welcome harm.

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