[en] Look! Coverage of October 19th you may not have seen

 

tendopoli 19o

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.

Sorry if we did not drown

Sorry if we did not drown

Apart from the main aim of the demonstration, it’s also affected politics on all levels. At an institutional level, the government has started to answer questions about housing rights and migrant issues. Minister Lupi, Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, together with the Roman Mayor Marino, had to meet housing rights activists two days after the camp in front of his ministry. Some 3,000 people had gathered there while several thousands met in Milan, Turin, Brescia and Bologna to support them. The minister promised to talk about the residence issue at the government-regions-townhalls assembly on October 31st.

Meanwhile, Fassino, Mayor of Turin and president of ANCI (the mayors’ national assembly) promised to discuss the migrant issue at a national level. Even newspapers not usually prone to report or support house occupations and bottom-up movements have started to talk about these issues.
At a local level, the demonstration gave the movement the strength to start new occupations around Italy. Perhaps showing how a movement can be cohesive, and violence used when needed….?

A selection of sources:

Audio, video, photo:

Audioboo.fm

Video of police infiltrating the demonstration

Photo Gallery

English: 

www.thelocal.it/20131018/rome-prepares-…
www.thelocal.it/20131018/italian-police…
www.thelocal.it/20131019/thousands-rall…
www.thelocal.it/20131020/housing-protes…

www.infoaut.org/index.php/english/item/…
www.infoaut.org/index.php/english/item/…
www.infoaut.org/index.php/english/item/…
www.infoaut.org/index.php/english/item/…

revolting-europe.com/2013/10/20/a-great…
www.dw.de/austerity-protests-draw-tens-…
annalenadg.tumblr.com/post/64618813948/…
www.euronews.com/2013/10/19/italy-anti-…
www.facebook.com/naomioleary/posts/6933…

Italian: 

clashcityworkers.org/documenti/commenti…
clashcityworkers.org/lotte/cosa-si-muov…
piemonte.puscii.nl/articolo/19011/vecch…
www.vice.com/it/read/manifestazione-rom…
www.zic.it/roma-continua-la-tendopoli-n…
radioblackout.org/2013/10/il-19o-contin…

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