|[05-09-2008] Yet another fascist attack involving a stabbing in Rome|
Yet another fascist attack involving a stabbing in Rome
30 August 2008: 2 years after the murder of Renato Biagetti a concert was organised in the centre of Rome to commemorate his memory and reject fascist violence. Around 4 am, after the event, a fascist squad of about 10 people armed with knives and chains cowardly attacked three of our comrades as they were going back to their cars. They had been hiding not far from the concert site waiting for most of the people to go away. One of them, a member of Otra Campaña, got stabbed 6 times in his thigh and ended up in hospital. Despite being injured the others managed to send them away. This ambush is an incontrovertible proof: Renato was killed by the neofascists and their obtuse culture of violence (especially characterized by the use of "the knives").
This is not an isolated case: over the last few years a significant number of murders and hate attacks directed to immigrants, transgender people, squats, lesbians and gays and anyone who may look "different" have been taking place in Italy. This is not a new phenomenon; but it has become increasingly serious in the last few years. Since January 2005 activists and antifascist groups reported more than three hundred attacks, some of which fatal. Their warnings have remained unheard.
We wish to remember the memory of Dax, Renato and Nicola.
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This widespread state of panic, the fear of the middle class threatened by hard financial times, the macho-behaviours - sexist and homophobic Vatican policies, the unjustified use of violent repressions of the military troops - generate and sustain the fascist squads intent to undermine all those people who don't fit in the "social fabric" of the Country and also the activists who denounce and fight against the current state of things.
Nowadays fascists are the same as yesteryear: violent puppets manipulated by political and economic interest. They ñhave been deployed and unleashed when the police does not want to get their hands dirty: a growing list of fascist assaults - bombs, stabbings, ambushes - with no guilty persons according to the Court.
Something else has happened in Rome: Francesco Storace's regional administration before and now Gianni Alemanno's one (both fascists members of Fini's right wing party "AN") have been allowing and encouraging the establishment of right wing social centres by financing them with public funds. The neofascist groups are exploiting and appropriating the key words of the grass-roots movement in order to infiltrate the suburbs ripe with social problems: lack of public services, housing and unemployment. Therefore, as much as Rome is a modern and European city, it is common to see Nazi banners and graffiti that proclaim the right to housing when the same neofascists in public office are the ones who are responsible for the attacks against the occupations of houses undertaken by local activist groups.
we cannot just stand and watch!
A few hours after the assaults , a spontaneous gathering brought together many antifascists activists and people who had had enough where a march was organised for the very same evening. The demonstration - attended by more than five hundreds people - moved through the streets of Rome, bringing social awareness within the Saturday evening shopping crowds. Ahead of the march was the banner "Mothers for Rome open city" which read "August 2006 - August 2008 Same blades, same plots".
The prompt action is necessary but not enough: the antifascist activity must be daily and kept monitoring on all levels, from the suburbs to the government, from musical evenings to activist environment, from public square to practising self-defence.
We believe that there is no better way to bring solidarity to the assaulted than counter-attacking fascism by expanding social commitment, being visible in the local communities and building a network with other antifascist groups. We invite the movement to self-organise, self-defence and protect local communities from fascist people.
Thanks to all of those who have been close to us in these hard times.
No more dead!
No more blades!
No more fascists!
category: from italy/rest of the world
by: Nodo Solidale