Demonstration in Susa Valley aimed to open a breach into the fences made with iron nets and concrete. Symbol of the non violent attempt became nippers, to cut the nets. Playing with the words: nippers, scissors, cutting and sewing, a group of a group of women of all ages opened the first enclosures with their scissors.
The day of protest called for October 23, 2011 in the Susa Valley ended without any incident. A large crowd (according to the protesters, around 10,000 or 15,000 people) marched peacefully, reaching the border established by the police.
The police display was huge: over 2,000 police officers were guarding the area. Police started controlling cars and people traveling toward Chiomonte from the night before (October 22). 15 people (Author’s Note: there are different versions, some claim 11, some 16) were prevented from attending the rally and they are currently held under police custody.
The movement marched in separate streams in order to improve their chances of success: while a group marched towards the first checkpoints, other protesters marched on other trails.
The front line was formed by a group of women of all ages. A symbolic action was performed, cutting the iron fences enclosing the perimeter of the restricted area (the so-called “red zone”, where access was not authorized).
Playing on the meaning of words such as “cutting,” “shears,” “scissors,” (often used in the political communication to address the alleged need of budget cutbacks), the No-TAV protesters showed that not all cuts are evil, and to “cut” the fences around TAV site was indeed a good action.
After entering the “red zone”, the movement forked in three different streams. A new border was set on the Clarea river, where Police gave an ultimatum to the protesters.
When the police blocked the march on the bridge over the Clarea river, the crowd sneaked in through the wood trails. Many protesters of all ages were seen climbing and hiking on very sheer paths. Police stood across but did not intervene, probably overwhelmed by the mass of participants and by the many directions of their flood.
The vast majority of protesters made it to Baita Clarea, where the movement held a public assembly. Most people came back, in order to cross the wood before darkness, but some protesters will stay there in order to protect the Baita from further advancement of the project.
After the nonviolent turn taken by the day, most mainstream media (including the national newspapers “La Repubblica”, and the live streaming of “Il Corriere della Sera”) stopped the live coverage of the events. Some have claimed that the “disappointment” for the lack of riots was palpable on their side.
According to the assembly, the movement today was able to reach its goal thanks to nonviolent determination and to mass participation. Protesters weren’t discourages by the amount of negative propaganda, insisting on fear of further violence. On the contrary, the movement – according to its members – showed its strength today. The struggle will continue.
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