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.

Submitted by Italy Calling on February 19, 2012

Over the last few weeks solidarity actions and initiatives with the NO TAV arrestees have kept multiplying: dozens of pickets and demonstrations in various parts of Italy, messages of support from all over Italy and other countries (such as the Basque Country, where people have been fighting the same battle for years, and Tunisia), fundraising and benefit gigs. A few days after the arrests a big benefit gig was held outside Turin’s main prison where most of the local NO TAV activists were being held.

Shortly after the publication of a letter written by the NO TAV activists in Turin’s prison Le Vallette, denouncing the poor conditions in the building, the group Anonymous hacked the prison’s website, once again stating their solidarity with the NO TAV struggle – as they had already done in December, when they hacked into the YES TAV and their political supporters’ sites. The operation was brought about just a few hours after some of the activists had been transferred from Le Vallette prison precisely for their “attempts to stir up things and involve the other inmates in their protests”, according to the authorities.

In the meantime, some good news for some of them: Gabriela, Jacopo, Samu, Tobia, Lorenzo and Giuseppe have all been released and are now under house arrest, if unfortunately still restricted by a long series of banning orders and bail conditions. Check out at the end of this article an updated list of activists who are still in jail. The InfoAut crew have translated into English a letter written by Giorgio (one of the people originally involved in the protests at Le Vallette prison and then transferred): read it here.

After a big solidarity fair on Saturday 18th February in Bussoleno, the movement is planning a national demonstration on Sunday 25th.

The activists still in prison are:

Alessio Del Sordo – C.C. via Pianezza 300 – 10151 Torino

Matteo Grieco – C.R. San Michele – Strada Statale 31 – 15100 Alessandria

Maurizio Ferrari – Carcere San Vittore – Piazza Filangeri 2 – 20123 Milano

Marcelo Damian Jara Marin – Carcere San Vittore – Piazza Filangeri 2 – 20123 Milano

Gabriele Filippi – Carcere di Marassi – Piazzale Marassi 2 – 16139 Genova

Giorgio Rossetto – C.R. – loc. Cascina Felicina via Regioni Bronda 19/b – 12037 Saluzzo (CN)

Luca Cientanni – C.C. corso Vercelli 165 – 10015 Ivrea (TO)

Juan Antonio Sorroche Fernandez – C.C. – Via Beccaria, 13 – Loc. Spini di Gardolo – 38014 Gardolo (TN)

Antonio Ginetti – Casa Circondariale – Via dei Macelli 13 – 51100 Pistoia

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