Italy

Valsusa in every city: NO TAV updates (Italy)

The last 10 days or so have seen a massive shift in the NO TAV struggle, with the state now trying to repress the movement more openly than ever: evictions, police beatings, and the government’s terror propaganda. Here’s a look at recent events:

Exploring alternative forms of workers' organization: anarchist communists and the Italian 'base union' movement

A member of the Federazione dei Communisti Anarchici (FdCA) goes over the history of the 'base unions' in Italy.

Italian activists blockade key motorways and fight fierce battles with state forces

Campaigners against a high speed rail project have engaged in direct action across Italy. They have occupied nationally significant motorways, built barricades and set them on fire. Over the last two days that have battled with police and the armed forces, who have used, batons, teargas, water cannons, and bulldozers against activists. In other areas of the country there have been several occupations of squares and buildings in solidarity with the NO-TAV campaign.

No Tav Luca Abbà severely injured while resisting to an expropriation

Luca Abbà NoTav

No Tav activists were not expecting the police to expropriate until the following night, but they came in the morning, after an urgent order by the Prefect. On Monday 27th February they started to build the fences to enlarge the construction site, in spite of the 75.000 people demonstration that took place just two days before.

75,000 say no, but government goes straight on

Susa march

Update (27 february 2012, 11:00 am italian time):
While we write, police forces are expanding the off-limit area, trying to clear the baita in order to demolish it. Fifteen protesters are resisting in it. One notav protester, chased by police, climbed on an electric pylon, and then fell down (from 10 meters high) after taking a shock. He’s now under surgery in Turin, ambulance transportation has been delayed by police for almost an hour. Roadblocks and rails occupations by notav protesters have started in Valsusa and solidarity actions are being planned in all Italy. More updates later on.
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Solidarity with the NOTAV arrestees: updates

Milan "Can't arrest struggles. Freedom for every NoTav struggler"

An update from Italy Calling on solidarity with arrested participants in the no-TAV anti-high-speed rail protests.

Occupy Pisa: Via La Pergola evicted, the occupations continue!

For background info and context on the Occupy Pisa past successes read this old article here.

Ongoing solidarity with the NO TAV arrestees in Italy

Update on the NO TAV arrestees and how to support them. Includes updated address list to write to activists still in prison.

16 years sentence for Eternit owners in asbestos trial

People celebrate after the sentence

The courtroom in Turin was crowded. People had to wait on their feet until the judge finished to read the sentence.

Italy news update 1-10 February

Mario Monti

The reform of Italian labour market is the top priority of Monti’s Government. The key themes of the current political debate are the improvement of job flexibility and the controversial reform of the article 18 of workers’ law, to enable dismissal of workers of big enterprises without “a just cause”.