[fr] Attaque raciste contre un centre pour demandeurs d’asile à Rome

Les faits

Les nuits du 10 et 11 novembre, un groupe de résidents italiens a attaqué un centre pour demandeurs d’asile à Tor Sapienza, une des banlieues de Rome. Les agresseurs, une centaine lors des deux nuits, dont quelques-uns au visage masqué, ont attaqué le bâtiment avec des pierres, des bâtons et des pétards. Les agresseurs ont brûlé des poubelles pour les utiliser en tant que barricades et il y a eu des affrontements avec la police qui, la première nuit, n’était arrivée sur place qu’après le début de l’agression. Plusieurs médias ont rapporté que les agresseurs criaient « Brûlez-les tous !», « putain de nègres !» et « Rentrez chez vous pour violer des femmes !». Des témoins ont affirmé qu’ils criaient aussi « Viva il Duce !» (Vive le Duce, en se référant à Mussolini).

Dans le centre, sont hébergés environ 70 réfugiés nigériens, dont la moitié sont mineurs. Les résidents de Tor Sapienza, selon les médias, pensent que les réfugiés sont responsables des crimes commis dans le quartier, notamment vols, agressions et une tentative de viol présumée. Mais personne n’a porté plainte pour aucun de ces crimes. Les gens qui étaient présents les nuits des attaques ont dit aux journalistes qu’« ils en ont marre entre les gitans d’un côté et les nègres de l’autre » , souhaitant leur départ à tous. Même si certains d’entre eux ,descendus dans la rue, ont dit qu’il s’agissait d’une protestation spontanée et qu’ils n’étaient ni racistes ni extrémistes, la façon de lancer l’attaque indique une assez bonne préparation.

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[en] Racist attack on political asylum seekers’ centre in Rome and new project for Italian right

Facts and chronology

On the nights of November 10 and 11 a group of Italian residents attacked a centre for political asylum seekers in Tor Sapienza, a suburban neighbourhood in Rome. The attackers, about 100 on both nights, some of them masked, attacked the building with stones, bars, firecrackers and bangers. The attackers set garbage bins on fire to create barricades and clashed with the police who, on the first night, arrived after the attack had already started. Different media reported that the attackers were shouting “Burn them all!”, “Fucking niggers!” and “Go back to your country to rape women!” Some witnesses said that they were also saying “Viva il duce!” (“Long live the Duce”, referring to Mussolini.)

The centre hosts about 70 Nigerian refugees, half of whom are minors (children under 18). Tor Sapienza residents, as the media reported, claim that the refugees are responsible for crimes committed in the area, especially thefts, aggression and a supposed attempted rape. But no crimes have been reported to the police. People who were present on the nights of the attacks told journalists that they’ve “had enough, between gypsies on one side and niggers on the other”, and that they want all of them to go away. Even though some of the people who took to the streets said that it was a spontaneous protest of residents and that they are not racist nor extremist, the way the attack was launched suggests rather good preparation.

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[en] Renzi’s EU election victory fuels wave of evictions and arrests

A wave of evictions and arrests of militants from radical and housing rights movements began just a few days after the notable victory of Matteo Renzi’s Democratic Party in the European elections. The operation’s goal is clear: to evict and attack as quickly and effectively as possible during this honeymoon period between the electors and the Democratic Party (PD). Speed is of the essence as Italy will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union from the beginning of July and protests have already been announced for July 11 when EU ministers meet in Turin to discuss youth unemployment.

studentato taksimOn May 28, in Bologna, the university collective CUA (linked to the Autonomous movement) was evicted from the Studentato Taksim, a building which they occupied in October. The building had been abandoned and was occupied as a protest against the high rents and the lack of publicly funded accommodation for students from outside the city.

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[en] Portrait of Italian May Day 2014

torino primo maggio 2014

On May Day, as in many other places around the world, thousands of people gathered in squares and streets all over Italy to celebrate International Workers’ Day. The celebrations took different forms, from concerts to direct action such as disputes with shops which had stayed open.

May Day was particularly tense in Turin. There was a large demonstration in which both centre-left parties like the PD and radical social movements (which marched together in a distinct group, the so-called spezzone sociale ) took part. At one point, the presence of the PD deputy Stefano Esposito – a prominent supporter of the TAV project – led to challenges by social movement and NoTAV activists. Groups from the Spezzone Sociale chanting ‘fuori il PD dal corteo!’ (‘PD out of the march!’) were attacked and clashed with police forces.

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[en] Federico Aldrovandi’s killers receive standing ovation from police union


Federico Aldrovandi’s parents and friends have become used to the noisy actions of the Coisp police union in defending the killers of the 18 year old boy, murdered in 2005 in Ferrara by four police officers. But on April 29 the ultimate provocation came from another union, SAP, during its conference in Rimini.

Union members applauded for five minutes and gave a standing ovation to the officers who were found guilty of culpable homicide in 2012. The guilty verdict came at the end of a trial which had to contend with the killers’ colleagues changing tack and altering evidence, and was only arrived at thanks to the struggle of Federico’s parents and friends. And the sentences were quite mild, three years and six months of prison, then reduced to barely six months.

In February 2014, the killers returned to work, in Federico’s town.

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[en] Narrow-minded? Bologna’s PD council tries to evict Atlantide social centre


Atlantide is a social centre in the Santo Stefano neighbourhood in the heart of Bologna’s old town. More precisely, it is situated in the cassero, an historic building which forms part of the city’s medieval gates. Atlantide was occupied in 1997 and for over 15 years it has been home to a number of LGBT, feminist and punk music collectives. The collectives self-manage the space on a voluntary basis and without public funds.

For almost a year, the social centre has been under threat of eviction. The city council, which owns the building, used a formal public competition to allocate the space to two associations. Atlantide, however, decided not to respect this decision. Entries in these public competitions are evaluated by a commission of representatives from the political parties. Given the parties’ strong prejudices and overall conservatism (SEL aside), more radical groups are most unlikely to be successful. This systematic exclusion from access to meeting space of a significant component of Bologna’s population can affect groups’ very existence. Atlantide activists strongly contest the right of the city council to decide which groups are allowed to exist and which are not.

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[en] Renzi government reforms jobs and cuts rights


At first glance, Giuliano Poletti, Minister of Labour and Social Policy in the Renzi government, could look like an old-fashioned left-wing politician: born into a farming family in the “red” Emilia-Romagna region, raised in the Communist Party, president of Legacoop, the main national organisation of cooperatives. He could be someone to provide a contrast to the Prime Minister’s attitude towards jobs (modelled on the inspiring figures of Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair). But appearances can be deceptive.

In Italy the cooperative system is one of the main forces – together with Confindustria representing employers – pushing for even more deregulation of jobs. Italy is one of the European countries where job regulation particularly favours employers, as the result of a process starting around 20 years ago and mostly carried out by the centre-left Democratic Party and its earlier incarnations – the Democratic Party of the Left and the Democrats of the Left – with the most recent important contribution coming from Elsa Fornero, Mario Monti’s “technical” Minister of Labour. But Poletti’s action goes further.

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