Italy against austerity

Clashes in Rome over high speed rail link

Hundreds of protesters opposed to the construction of a high speed rail link have clashed with police during a visit to Rome by the French President, Francios Hollande.

Wave of housing occupations in Bologna

Over the last month Bologna has been shaken by a wave of housing occupations.

Giorgio Napolitano reelected Italy’s president amid protests and political chaos

Giorgio Napolitano is elected as Italy's president for a second mandate, an unprecedented event in the institutional history of the country. His re-election follows a few days of political stalemate and chaos and was welcomed by loud protests, emphasizing the political crisis and the inner contradictions of the Italian Democratic Party.

Circuits of recomposition: towards and beyond the #22M logistics workers’ strike

Can the #22M logistics workers’ strike be a first step towards the generalization of struggles?

March of discontent: lessons in work struggles (Italy)

Reflections on the escalation of workers' struggles in Italy in the wake of the large logistics workers' strike of March 22.

Italian elections: is austerity the real loser?

Analysis of the recent Italian elections, asking if they really constituted a rejection of austerity.

Monti’s government “democratic and sober” response to the crisis and social unrest

The demonstrations that took place all over Italy on 14th November as part of a European Day of Action against austerity are already setting the pace of the new management of public order. In Rome in particular it’s been forbidden for months to get anywhere close to the political headquarters during demonstrations, despite the revocation of the decrees introduced last year by the Mayor to turn the whole of the city centre into a red zone.

School and anti-fascist demonstrations, November 24

On November 24 2012, three different demonstrations took place in Rome and in other cities.

Italian miners barricade themselves underground with 350kg of explosives to prevent pit closure

100 Sardinian workers in Italy's only coal mine have barricaded themselves into the Carbosulcis mine overnight, with 350kg of company explosives. The occupation comes ahead of a government meeting to decide the future of the pit.

Squatting against austerity: Occupy Pisa grows and evolves

Squatting is on the rise again in these times of austerity (see for example the recent occupations of flats in Southern Spain, mostly carried out by housewives and families). An Italian project that’s caught my attention since its beginning is in Pisa, where last year’s Occupy protests evolved into the reappropriation and transformation of abandoned buildings for the benefit of the local community.