[en] Sardinia: Demonstration against NATO’s Trident Juncture training

manifesto_3-novembre-teulada_contro-la-trident-juncture_ING-486x687“Trident Juncture shows that NATO’s capabilities are real and ready,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday 4 November 2015. Trident Juncture, NATO’s largest exercise in over a decade, involved more than 36,000 personnel, more than 230 units, more than 140 aircraft and more than 60 ships. It took place in a number of locations, including Italy.

On 3 November , Teulada military base in Sardinia was the focus of a demonstration to disrupt the ongoing NATO training and to complain strongly about the continued destruction and poisoning of the island.

For over 50 years, Sardinia has been used by armies and arms manufacturers to test weapons. For many it’s an island of sun and vacation but it currently also hosts 61% of Italian militarised zones (servitu militari) and the three biggest military weapons testing ranges and rocket launch sites in Europe. Over decades, cancer, leukemia and birth defect rates have been increasing. Sardinians and others claim the soil, air, food and water are contaminated with heavy metals, jet fuel and depleted uranium. The island has a long history of opposition to its military slavery.

In the days leading up to the demonstration, 20 people received expulsion orders and the demonstration was forbidden by local police. On the day of the demonstration, more than 600 people from all over Sardinia arrived at Porto Pino in order to march towards the Teulada military base. After a long walk and clashes with police, most of the demonstration remained blockaded on the road but at least 20 demonstrators managed to cut the base’s fence and enter. This forced the military to stop the training exercise, a result comparable to the efforts and results of NoMuos demonstrations.

For pictures and other updates, check #notrident on Twitter.

For a detailed account, check Infoaut’s article.


[en] Trident juncture militants clash with police – Infoaut English
[en] Trident Juncture shows NATO capabilities ‘are real and ready’ – NATOs website
[it] Reti tagliate, Trident juncture bloccata, giornata storica – Nobordersard

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[en] What is really happening in Bologna


Bologna has always been a laboratory, both for social movements and for their counterparts. Bologna “the Red”, the industrialized city with one of the strongest worker movements in Italy, is now facing great changes, that started years ago and are now accelerating at an unprecedented rate.

A shifting economy

Between 2001 and 2011 the Emilia-Romagna region lost 22.6% of workers in the secondary (industrial) sector, with this percentage being even higher in the province of Bologna. Meanwhile, the tertiary sector has become more and more important, following a trend that is well-known throughout the industrialized western countries, but is felt particularly severely here. Once a city based largely on manufacturing activities, Bologna has since transformed into a city of commerce and services. But while the number of workers in the tertiary sector grew by 15.4%, the number of businesses decreased by about 7%, and this data only takes us up to 2011, when the economic crisis really began to hit small businesses. Contrary to the New York Times’ portrayal of the city, Bologna is less and less a city of small independent shops and restaurants. On the contrary, a growing part of its economic activity is in the hands of large companies.

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Killing in Tunis and Italian justice

Touil’s freedom marks a shift in our democracy – although he is unaware of it. Touil is free, the judges say ‘No’ to the Identification and Expulsion Centre and to expulsion.


“He arrived on a boat”

On 20 May 2015, Abdel Majid Touil, a 22 year old Moroccan, was arrested by Italian police in Milan and accused of taking part in the attacks on the Bardo National Museum. He was released a few days ago, on 30 October. His story is worth telling.
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[en] Turin’s ExMoi occupation: the story so far

The story of ExMoi begins with two open wounds: the countless empty buildings in Turin, and the countless refugees living on Italian streets and in Italian train stations.

Back in 2006, the Turin municipality and the national government spent over 140 million euros in building a new neighbourhood to host athletes for the Winter Olympic Games. This was in an area that once held the city’s biggest wholesale market (MOI – Mercato Ortofrutticolo all’Ingrosso). Designed by international architects and built according to the latest ecological and sustainable design criteria, the Olympic Village was finished in 20 months. It was used for around 16 days and left mostly empty after the Games ended.

Little by little, the regional government has sold off some of the buildings; some have been converted into student housing and a youth hostel. At the same time, serious structural problems have emerged, revealing the poor quality of the buildings: as a consequence, no-one wants to invest in them. The potential for regenerating the deprived Lingotto area has been squandered. Four buildings were sold off to a private holding (35% owned by the city, the rest by Pirelli and the Intesa San Paolo bank) and left empty for seven years.

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[en] Political activist in coma after fascist violence in Cremona

On Sunday 28 January, around 6pm, a group of about 50 fascists (mostly from CasaPound) attacked activists from Cremona’s Dordoni social centre. The attack on seven or eight activists was launched by around ten people, and very soon bolstered by 40 more. Emilio, one of the activists and someone very well known in Cremona, was beaten with a bar and then kicked in the face and head as he was lying on the ground.

The attack appears to have been prepared in advance, taking advantage of a football match to bring together fascists from Parma, Brescia and other towns with those from Cremona. Emilio is now in a very serious condition and his life is in danger. Dordoni’s activists have made a complaint that the fascists were merely identified by the police and then released but that the activists who were defending Dordoni were charged.

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[en] Four #NoTAV activists acquitted of terrorism charge

The four NoTAV activists arrested on 9th December 2013 have been acquitted of the charge of terrorism. They were, however, convicted for attacking theTAV construction site, for damaging a compressor and for carrying “weapons of war” (in fact, Molotov cocktails and fireworks). The court sentenced them to prison terms of three years six months each. The court threw out the approach of the Turin public prosecutor who was trying to link a small act of sabotage (the destruction of a compressor) to terrorism.

The four activists have been held in high security detention (involving isolation, two hours out-of-cell time, four visits a month) for the past year. They will probably be released in the next few weeks.

Several solidarity demonstrations took place all over Italy following the verdict.

Related articles:
[en] Police operation against No TAV: charges of terrorism and subversion
[en][Translation] Appeal from the families of the four No-TAV demonstrators arrested for terrorism




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