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(en) Italy, Livorno, FAI: We reject the attempted criminalization of the anarchist movement (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Wed, 16 Nov 2022 08:31:59 +0200

The Leghorn Anarchist Federation and the Libertarian Anarchist Collective reject the attempts to criminalize the anarchist movement. The front page of Il Tirreno on November 4th was entitled "Fires at the antennas, anarchist trail". The article that followed in the local news of Livorno reiterated the title "Repeaters and control units on fire: now the ANARCHIC TRACK" appears with the last two words in red. ---- In the article, different episodes are put together, from electrical control units burned to the fire of some makeshift homes, to even the fire of a camper that caused the intoxication of a man who fortunately survived. ---- The article does not refer to any claims, nor to clues or reasons that should indicate the "anarchist trail". Only at the opening is reported that "The anarchist trail is the one followed by the digos". Without even citing a statement from the investigators.

This was enough for Il Tirreno to create such a title. We know well that the choice of titles, especially the front page, is not accidental. It is not just a question of incompetence but of a precise political choice.

The editorial choice of such a title on the front page, as well as being purely free, appears to be seriously damaging to all those who recognize themselves in the anarchist movement daily carry out their political action within coordinations, trade unions, committees, and situations of social struggle. We reject these accusations which have the sole purpose of criminalizing those who are active on the territory every day. People who know us know how absurd these assumptions are. If it were not a question of serious issues, such hypotheses would be ridiculous even for the stereotypical formulas used. But it is even more absurd to trace these facts back to the anarchist movement. The anarchists are at the side of those who fight for the house, there are others in this country who set fire to campers, caravans and makeshift lodgings.

It is not new that against the anarchist movement there are periodically set-ups and criminalization campaigns, to which anarchists and anarchists have always been able to give a firm response by finding the solidarity of large social sectors. We do not want to be reminded of the strategy of tension and the many black pages in the history of this country. The current political moment, in its specificity, tends to reproduce patterns already seen and to look for a media sounding board in the press as well.

It makes us think that precisely on November 4, while anti-militarist initiatives are being held in Livorno and throughout the country, which see the anarchist movement engaged alongside many political and social components, these titles are published. The Tyrrhenian Sea should explain the reasons for this editorial choice. Anarchists and anarchists today as yesterday do not allow themselves to be intimidated and are more present than ever in the struggles. We should talk about this and not about phantom tracks.

Leghorn Anarchist Federation
Libertarian Anarchist Collective

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