Posts Tagged ‘Turin’
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020
The No TAV campaign in northern Italy has been fighting an expensive, unneeded and corrupt high speed railway link for over three decades. The proposed mafia-linked freight train service from Turin to Lyon has been repeatedly exposed for its fantastical predictions and is slated by local people who see no reason to leave their homes for a white elephant. If you are already thinking about the similarities to HS2 here in England then you are in the right place. I will start by giving a very brief history of No TAV, then an update on recent events. In the second half, I will concentrate on what the Stop HS2 movement can learn from No TAV.
For those who have never heard of the No TAV movement, it is a campaign born thirty odd years ago to resist the construction of a 270 kilometre long high speed railway (Treno di Alta Velocita) between Turin (in Italy) and Lyon (in France). There is widespread opposition on both French and Italian soil, since the railway is a corrupt scheme proposing to transport freight based on fantasy figures and the people who live along the route see no benefit (the train won’t be stopping there). They argue that the already existing railway infrastructure should be improved instead. The resistance is greatest in the breathtakingly beautiful Val di Susa (Susa Valley), which stretches from Turin to the Alps for fifty kilometres. In summer, the valley is bright with colours, the blue sky and green grass bisected by the snow on the mountains. It has a unique environment, since one side sees the sun and the other does not. The train line would rip straight through it before entering a tunnel of 57.5 kilometres to France. This tunnel would be longer than the Chunnel and in fact would just squeeze in as the longest rail tunnel in the world, if it ever gets built. Local people are concerned that drilling into the mountains will disturb uranium and asbestos deposts, that mafia construction will lead to health hazards and that the overall economic case for TAV no longer stands up. (more…)
Monday, January 20th, 2020
Italy: Updates about some anarchist prisoners (January 2020)
We briefly summarize the latest updates on the situation of some anarchist prisoners in Italy.
On November 29, 2019 a search took place in the cell of the Sardinian anarchist Davide Delogu, imprisoned in the Rossano Calabro prison. At the same time, he was notified of the opening of an investigation for “association with the purpose of terrorism or subversion of the democratic order” (art. 270bis of Italian criminal code). Subsequently, he was returned some previously seized manuscripts. A week later, the guards informed him that a telephone had been found in the sewers of the prison and that they intended to charge him with its possession; Davide refused to be x-rayed and undressed.
We remind you that a solidarity fund has been opened for Davide Delogu, the coordinates are: Owner: Laura Gargiulo. Iban: IT27E0306967684510327514549.
This is the address of the comrade: Davide Delogu, C. R. di Rossano Calabro, Contrada Ciminata snc, 87067 Corigliano-Rossano (Cs), Italy.
For the repressive operation “Prometeo” (arrests of May 21, 2019) Natascia and Beppe remains in the prisons of Piacenza and Pavia respectively. On December 2, 2019, Robert, accused in the same operation, was released from Bancali prison, in Sardinia, without any precautionary measures. The release came following the decision of the court of review after the cassation, in October, had annulled the order of pre-trial detention for lack of “serious indications of guilt”. The appeal in cassation had been requested for Robert and Beppe, but for the latter it was rejected. Recently, the public prosecutor in turn lodged an appeal in cassation opposing Robert’s release; the hearing has been set for February 4, 2020. The “Prometeo” investigation is still open. The censorship in the correspondence of Natascia has been removed. (more…)
Sunday, December 22nd, 2019
Further arrest warrant for Giuseppe, anarchist imprisoned for the “Prometeo” operation (17/12/2019)
We learn that on the morning of Tuesday December 17th, 2019, Giuseppe, already in prison for the “Prometeo” operation (arrests of May 21st, for which Natascia is also imprisoned, while Robert was released), has received another mandate of arrest as part of an operation conducted by the ROS (“Special Operational Grouping”) of the Carabinieri under the direction of the Antiterrorism pool of the Turin Prosecutor’s Office. He is accused of attempting to destroy a postamat (ATM) in Genoa with an incendiary device, an action dating back to June 2016. This action was included in the list of facts that corroborated the accusations of the “Scintilla” operation (arrests of February 7th and eviction of the Asilo Occupato in Turin).
To write to him:
C. C. di Pavia
via Vigentina 85
Italia – Italy
Update about Peppe – The review court confirmed the precautionary measure in prison (December 13th, 2019)
The hearing for the review of Peppe’s precautionary measures took place in Turin on December 13th, an anarchist arrested in Verona on November 26th and immediately transferred into Montorio prison, also in Verona. The review court unfortunately confirmed the precautionary measure in prison. (more…)
Tags: Giuseppe Bruna, Giuseppe Sciacca, Italy, Natascia Savio, Operation Prometeo, Operation Renata, Operation Scintilla, Repression, Robert Firozpoor, Trento, Trial, Turin, Verona
Posted in Prison Struggle
Turin, Italy: Five banks damaged in solidarity with the accused in the trial for the “Renata” operation
Sunday, December 1st, 2019
Sunday, December 1st, 2019
We learn that on the morning of November 26th anarchist comrade Giuseppe Sciacca was arrested by the DIGOS (“political police” of the Italian police forces) of Turin, in the province of Verona. At the same time as the arrest, the house where he resides was searched. It is not currently known whether other searches have taken place. The accusation is of “manufacture, possession and transport of explosive material”, for the sending, in 2016, of an explosive envelope to Ladisa, the company that managed the canteen in the CPR (“temporary stay center”, prison for migrants) of Turin. An episode already disputed, together with others, to those arrested last February 7th within the repressive operation “Scintilla”; in fact, a note from the Turin police headquarters defines arrest as a sort of extension of this operation.
Below is Giuseppe’s address:
Casa Circondariale Montorio
via S. Michele 15
Italia – Italy
Thursday, November 14th, 2019
On November 12, 2019, Amma, Uzzo and Patrick were transferred from the “Le Vallette” prison (in Turin) to house arrest, with no other special restrictions. They had been arrested on September 20, 2019, in the context of a repressive operation aimed at carrying out some precautionary measures (in particular, in addition to their arrests, about a dozen “divieti di dimora” from Turin – a measure that requires the accused not to reside in a particular place and not to access it without the authorization of the proceeding judge) and some searches, referring to a investigation by the prosecutor’s office of Turin over charges relating to the conflictual demonstration of February 9, this year in Turin, against the eviction of Asilo Occupato and the repressive operation “Scintilla” (February 7), for which currently only Silvia is imprisoned (since a few months under house arrest with all the restrictions). On September 20, to arrest a comrade the police had surrounded the Casa Brancaleone occupation (in Milan, also the home of anarchist space L’Accerchiata), threatening to evict the squat – an attempt that not happened because the comrade was arrested.
We recall that on October 8, Amma, returning to prison following a judicial hearing concerning the arrest, was beaten and threatened by some prison police officers; a serious physical consequence of this beating was the perforation and damage of an eardrum.
We also recall what happened on February 9: a demonstration in response to the “Scintilla” operation moved through the streets of Turin, trying also to approach the Asilo (completely surrounded by police and carabinieri, and in the meantime devastated by the police and the workers in charge of closing the building), subsequently going against the police, the city and things that are daily the frame of the existence of the oppressed. During the demonstration some people were arrested and detained in “Le Vallette” prison – and then released a few days later.
Those arrested and under investigation on September 20 are accused of “aggravated injuries”, “resistance to a public official”, “damage” and “dirtying”.
Thursday, September 26th, 2019
We learn that on Wednesday September 25th, 2019, following the acceptance of the request for house arrest, Silvia was transferred from the “Le Vallette” prison in Turin to house arrest, with all restrictions. The comrade is the last anarchist to be imprisoned for the “Scintilla” operation of February 7th this year, which involved the arrest of five other people, the eviction of Asilo Occupato in Turin (anarchist squatted building existing since 1995) and some house searches.
The main accusation, according to the documents of the Turin prosecutor’s office, was that of having constituted or participated in a “subversive association” (article 270 of the Italian penal code) and of having carried out some direct actions concerning the fight against the CIE and the CPRs, prisons for migrant people. (more…)
Tuesday, September 24th, 2019
On Friday, September 20, 2019, the notorious executioners of the Turin police headquarters went back to work directing their puppets in various cities to carry out three arrests, order 11 proibitions of abode and overturn several houses.
The charges are specific to this damn system. Having expressed anger and dissent over the arrests of comrades in Turin and against the eviction of Asilo Occupato [operation “Scintilla”, February 7, 2019] translates into the allegations of resistance, injury and damage [for the demonstration on February 9, in Turin].
The three comrades arrested are currently in the “Le Vallette” prison, where solidarity has already been heard with a roaring greeting.
The addresses to make us feel again are:
Ammanuel Francesco Rezzonico
C. C. “Lorusso e Cotugno”
via Adelaide Aglietta 35
Updates will follow and in the meantime… let initiatives abound!
Saturday, September 21st, 2019
While waiting for more updates, we learn from the regime’s press that this morning (September 20th, 2019) a police operation led by the Digos (“political police” force of the State police) of Turin led to 14 precautionary measures throughout Italy. The alleged crimes (according to what reported by the regime’s media: “aggravated injuries”, “resistance to a public official”, “damage” and “dirtying”) are related to the demonstration of February 9th, 2019, in Turin following the eviction of Asilo Occupato, on February 7th in the context of the “Scintilla” repressive operation (for which, at present, only one comrade, Silvia, remains in prison).
On February 9th a march in response to the repressive operation moved through the streets of Turin, also trying to get closer to Asilo (completely surrounded by police and carabinieri, and meanwhile devastated by the police and the workers assigned to the closure of the building), to then turn in conflict against the city and against what daily frames the existence of the oppressed. During the demonstration, some people were arrested and later detained at the “Le Vallette” prison, and then released a few days later.
Wednesday, May 29th, 2019
Update from Turin
Beppe and Antonio free, Boba arrested.
Freely translated from the Turin blog “Macerie”, 23 May 2019
Antonio and Beppe released.
Antonio and Beppe were released on the 6th of May 2019. They must report to the police every day.
Silvia remains in prison because she is charged with an additional crime.
More about Silvia: Article on barrikade.info (in German) (more…)
Friday, March 8th, 2019
Update on the repressive operation “Scintilla” in Turin and news on the operation “Renata” in Trento/Rovereto
This is an update about the repressive operation “Scintilla” in Turin and news about the operation “Renata” in Trento/Rovereto.
Turin – Operazione Scintilla
Giada and Larry were released from custody.
The accusation of subversive association (Article 270) was dropped. The other accusations remain for all defendants, except:
Niccolò was sentenced to “double imprisonment”, one for art. 270, the
other for a firecracker apparently found in his house.
Friday, February 22nd, 2019
ABOUT THE REPRESSION AGAINST ANARCHISTS IN ITALY
Unfortunately, Italy has a long history of repressive operations against anarchists. Since Operation Marini in 90s, the waves of repression against comrades, which brought into jail many people with charges of terrorism or criminal association, were countless. Just to name a few of the biggest repressive operations: Cervantes, Croce Nera, Ardire, Mangiafuoco, Thor, Ixodidae, Nottetempo, Fuoriluogo…
These operations usually lead to several house raids in all Italy and to the arrest of several comrades who spend 1 or 2 years in pre-trial detention. Then they face trials with charges of ‘association’ and usually they are also accused of several direct actions for which the inquisitors never found any responsible. Sometimes the public engagement of these comrades in the anarchist struggle and their open expression of anarchist ideas (direct actions support, prisoners solidarity, running an anarchist magazine or website and so on) is the only evidence that the prosecutors bring into the court. For this reason, in the majority of the cases all the accused are later acquitted at the trial, but only after having spent many months or years in prison.
Besides these huge operations, there is a constant small-scale repression against local anarchist groups which are especially active on the territory, for example with struggles against police repression, evictions, detention centres for migrants, jails, gentrification, corporate interests… In these cases anarchists are constantly repressed with recurring trials and spend much of their time going in and out of prison, house arrest or other restrictions of their freedom. This kind of police strategy of trying to burn out comrades with the aim of destroying the local anarchist group happens in many cities but since many years has been especially strong in Torino. (more…)
Tags: Asilo Occupato, Firenze, Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI), International Revolutionary Front, International Solidarity, Italy, Nucleo Olga FAI/FRI, Operation Ardire, Operation Nottetempo, Operation Panic, Operation Scintilla, Operation Scripta Manent, Operation Thor, Repression, Roberto Adinolfi, Turin
Posted in Social Control
Wednesday, February 20th, 2019
NEW ADDRESSES FOR THE COMRADES IN TURIN
Found here (18/2/19)
Antonio Rizzo, Giuseppe De Salvatore, Lorenzo Salvato and Niccolò Blasi were transferred last Saturday (16/2/19) to the high security wing of the Ferrara prison.
Here is the address:
Via Arginone 327
44122 Ferrara FE
Silvia Ruggeri and Giada Volpacchio continue to receive mail via the following address:
C.C. Lorusso e Cutugno
via Maria Adelaide Aglietta, 35
10151 Turin TO
In moments like these, we stand together. Regardless of whether the comrades are «guilty» or «innocent». The state will always persecute those who want to overthrow it. So let’s take good care of each other and don’t leave the prisoners alone!
In closing, we would like to quote a part of the accusations that led to the arrest of the comrades in Turin:
“In order to establish contacts within CPR [Immigration and Repatriation Centre], they threw tennis balls with a multilingual brochure and a mobile phone number with which they agreed simultaneous actions within and outside the CPR structure. Then they put matches and everything needed to start a revolt and setting fire in packages of biscuits and other goods.”
May the revolt spread.
Feuer den Gefängnissen.
Feu aux prisons.
Fuoco alle galere.
Fire to the prisons.
Black Pigeons Collective
Sunday, February 17th, 2019
Summary of the recent repressive operation in Italy in connection with the resistance against the Italian migration regime
This is a translation of an original article in German, with pictures.
On Thursday 7 February 2019, at 4:40 a.m., the eviction of the squat “Asilo occupato” (“the occupied kindergarden”) in Via Alessandria 12 in Turin, occupied since 1995, began. The eviction was carried out as part of the “Operazione Scintilla” (“Operation Spark”). Several hundred
Carabinieri in riot gear, police officers and Guardia di finanza with machine guns and plain clothes police not only evicted the house, but also arrested six anarchists. A seventh person is still being searched for.
The charges are serious: formation of a subversive association, incitement to crime and the possession, manufacture and transportation of explosives in a public place. The charges are related to the resistance against the Italian migration regime, namely against the deportation camps/prisons CPR and CIE (Centro per l’Immigrazione e il Rimpatrio = Immigration and Repatriation Centre; Centro di identificazione ed espulsione = Identification and Deportation Centre), more information below. (more…)
Wednesday, August 15th, 2018
2016, September. Operation “Scripta Manent”, carried forth by the Turinese prosecutor Sparagna, leads to the arrest of 8 comrades, the main accusation being the creation of a subversive organization with terrorist aims. Along with this, the imputation includes several other attacks, all signed FAI (informal anarchist federation) and FAI/FRI (informal anarchist federation/international revolutionary front). At the present time, six comrades are still in jail and another one is kept prisoner in her own house. In the meantime, inside the Turin bunker courtroom the trial continues at a steady pace. Scores of policemen from several different towns climb the stage of the courthouse, supposedly in order to reconstruct the history of the contemporary anarchist movement. (more…)