Submitted by StrugglesInItaly on Oct 21 2016 13:16
On December 4th 2016 the Italian people will be called upon to vote in a referendum on the constitutional reform put forward by Matteo Renzi’s conservative and pro-austerity government. The topic is dominating Italian political life, because of the major impact the reform would have on the political and institutional life of the Italian Republic if approved, and because of the political turmoil that would follow if rejected.
Submitted by StrugglesInItaly on Oct 21 2016 13:13
Dario Fo, actor, Nobel prizewinner, communist and political activist died in Milan on October 13th. He was 90 years of age. His son, Jacopo, gave an emotional speech at his father's funeral.
Submitted by StrugglesInItaly on Oct 16 2016 16:57
The eviction of the last remaining housing occupation in Bologna - around 100 people, 34 of them children, living in a building in Via Mario De Maria, in the working-class neighborhood of Bolognina - started at dawn on October 11. The police and the carabinieri surrounded the block and raided the building, beating people and even using pepper spray, the residents say.
Submitted by StrugglesInItaly on Oct 12 2016 19:23
Legal reports claim Stefano Cucchi's death was due to epilepsy; he died covered in bruises with multiple fractures and injuries to internal organs after his arrest.
Submitted by StrugglesInItaly on Sep 16 2016 15:58
During the night between September 14 and 15, Abdelssalam Eldanf was killed while he was on strike with other workers in front of the GLS logistic plant in Piacenza.
Submitted by StrugglesInItaly on Jan 25 2016 23:00
Steel workers in Genoa, Italy, occupied their factory in opposition to insecurity at work as a result of management corruption. Workers stopped work and blocked traffic, cutting the city in half.
Submitted by StrugglesInItaly on Jan 3 2016 14:10
This shocking figure comes from Italian Institute of Statistics (Istat) data reported by Gian Carlo Blangiardo, demographer and director of the Statistics Department of Bicocca University in Milan. The mortality data cover the first seven months of 2015 and if the trend has continued, there will be 69,000 deaths more in 2015 than in 2014.
Submitted by StrugglesInItaly on Dec 11 2015 23:00
A look at how the supposedly anti-ISIS crack down across Europe has been used against social movements in Italy.
Submitted by StrugglesInItaly on Nov 21 2015 22:13
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.
Submitted by StrugglesInItaly on Nov 20 2015 23:00
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.
Submitted by StrugglesInItaly on Nov 10 2015 23:00
A look at the case of Abdel Majid Touil, a 22 year old Moroccan arrested by Italian police in Milan on charges of terrorism, and the assumption of guilt across the political spectrum.
Submitted by StrugglesInItaly on Jan 21 2015 19:06
The story of the ExMoi occupation in Turin, a solution by radicals and refugees to the problems of homelessness amongst migrants in a city full of empty buildings, and the reaction of racist organisations to the project.
Submitted by StrugglesInItaly on Jan 20 2015 16:46
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.
Submitted by StrugglesInItaly on Dec 18 2014 23:57
The four NoTAV activists arrested on 9th December 2013 have been acquitted of the charge of terrorism. They were, however, convicted for attacking the TAV construction site, for damaging a compressor and for carrying “weapons of war” (in fact, Molotov cocktails and fireworks).
Submitted by StrugglesInItaly on Dec 5 2014 21:57
An excellent in-depth analysis on recent revelations in Italy about the connections in Rome between the Mafia, the far-right and local politicians, both left and right-wing.
Submitted by StrugglesInItaly on Dec 4 2014 23:24
A large building in Bologna, immediately in front of the Municipality’s offices, has just been occupied by 280 people. Many have been living on the streets or in the train station after losing their jobs and homes during the crisis.
Submitted by StrugglesInItaly on Nov 25 2014 13:09
Groups of Italian residents, with fascist involvement, have attacked a centre housing dozens of political asylum seekers on the outskirts of Rome.
Submitted by StrugglesInItaly on Jun 5 2014 16:49
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.
Submitted by StrugglesInItaly on May 6 2014 15:29
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.
Submitted by StrugglesInItaly on May 6 2014 15:24