Many newspapers reported the huge demonstration in Rome on October 19th. The number of demonstrators was itself news. Between 70,000 and 100,000 people showing up for a “far left” movement is a lot, beyond even the organizers’ expectations. What was also news was who was at the demo: migrants, students, squatters, logistics workers, Roma and many more. Only some of mainstream media reported this or any of the issues, struggles and expectations involved. What did receive a lot of coverage, though, were the expected clashes, which was actually the only news reported before the demonstration. There was only one small real clash with the police but, unsurprisingly, it ended up on almost all the front pages.
Have a look at the sources we’ve collected and see for yourselves.
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Over the last month Bologna has been shaken by a wave of housing occupations. These occupations should be seen in the context of the nationwide weeks of action which culminated in 19 October’s national demonstration in Rome. The occupiers justify their action as being a response to what they describe as a housing emergency. ASIA-USB (a base union at the forefront of the housing rights movement) quotes the following figures about Bologna from 2012: roughly 1,000 families were served with an eviction order and almost 10,000 applied for social housing; by contrast, 7,000 privately-owned apartments and 225 publicly-owned units of accommodation stood vacant.
From Radio Città del Capo
Original article by Fulvio Vassallo Paleologo published by Il lavoro culturale on 10 October 2013.
After the enormous tragedy in the seas around Lampedusa, some consideration of responsibility for the ‘reception’ system in Italy is in order.
The pictures taken by a RAI correspondent who spent the night at Lampedusa’s Contrada Imbriacola initial reception and emergency centre [here some images, from minute 1.10] have been seen all around the world. The Minister for the Interior, Alfano, and the managers of the centre can no longer say that the centre is only experiencing overcrowding and that the Italian reception system is working.
Struggles in Italy is two today!
It all began with a discussion which turned into a manifesto which then became a website. Our project now turns two.
The Struggles blog is starting to look how we imagined it, as a small and dynamic dictionary of Italian struggles. It provides deeper reflection on stereotypes and on subjects which appear straightforward at first glance but, in fact, are not at all.
We have dossiers on different topics from education to transport to fascism. We’ve written many posts covering many topics, from migrant struggles and the refugee emergency to the rise of Grillo’s party and the Letta Government. We’ve written about last November’s European Strike, the ILVA workers’ struggle, the repression of the NoTAV movement and much much more.
We can proudly say that we’ve exposed a whole slice of Italy. We’ve made local struggles much more visible so they can be studied and sense can be made of them. Our perspective is different from the mainstream media’s.
This is just the beginning. There’s much more to be written about and explained. We renew our appeal for writers, translators, editors, proof-readers to join us. Enthusiasm and expertise are both appreciated – in any language.
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At a time when France is losing interest in the idea of the TAV project between Lyons and Turin, Italy has now started to go all out. (France completed seven kilometres of three exploratory tunnels a number of years ago – not to be used for the railway line and rumoured to be used to bury nuclear waste. Italy, up to now, has only managed 250 metres of its wider exploratory tunnel, also to be seven kilometres long, and the last three or four intended for the new railway.)
Tunnelling equipment has been brought in under cover of darkness. The beautiful Val de Susa and environs have been turned into a military zone. The area resembles an army camp. Nonetheless, opposition to the wasteful and destructive mega-project remains steadfast.
The new law, approved by the Italian Chamber of Deputies on 19 September 2013, has already been renamed “Saving Forza Nuova” – the neo-fascist party responsible for racist and homophobic attacks all over Italy – but it actually bears the name of a Democratic Party Deputy and LGBT activist Ivan Scalfarotto. The original aim was to pass a law adding homophobia and transphobia to the aggravating circumstances outlined in the 1993 Mancino Law, which outlaws the diffusion of political ideas inciting discrimination and violence and prohibits the use of any symbolism linked to nazi-fascist movements.