From Turin to Trento

  • Posted on: 13 March 2019
  • By: wor-admin

Originally published as Da Torino a Trento on Macerie on February 20, 2019.
Translated by Taylor Rift.

Only a day has passed since the joint operation by the Digos 1 and Ros 2 that led to the arrest of 7 comrades in Trentino. The disputed offenses are those of subversive association for the purpose of terrorism (art.270bis) and attacks for terrorist or subversive purposes (art.280).
Because of the little time that elapsed and the size of the operation - in addition to the arrests, 30 searches were carried out - we are not yet able to have a precise picture of the alleged incidents and of the investigative hypothesis. In the same way, we do not yet know in which prisons our comrades are locked up.
But we do not need more time or more accurate information to be able to tell who the arrested comrades and others involved in the yesterday's operation were.

They are comrades who for years, in the cities where they lived and in others, have engaged in the struggles against war and militarism, against borders, the raids, and the reactionary wind that increasingly absorbs the air a little at all latitudes. Against prisons and police violence. Comrades determined not to allow any space for the fascists, to fight against the many projects of devastation of the environment, against the Verona-Brennero high speed line at the vallo tomo di Mori. Comrades who on many occasions have been at the side of those fighting against the continuous worsening of working conditions.
Comrades who we have gotten to know and value over the course of many years, for their courage and seriousness. Comrades dear to us.

Yesterday's operation, like the one on February 7th in Turin, has the clear intention to remove the people who struggle from the streets and simultaneously burn their land around them. The latter of which is bound to fail: the relations of solidarity with many people, created during the many years of struggle in Trento, Rovereto, and the surrounding area will not be damaged in a flash by the joint work of officials, cops, and journalists. The last weeks in Turin can also show it.

But that's not enough. We're faced with the clear intent to deprive numerous comrades of their struggles, of their energy, of their enthusiasm and courage. Everyone has to put in something more. What is happening in Turin these days, shows clearly that the eviction of the Asylum, and the arrests, have blown the lid off a pot that's been simmering for a while. The fear and the sense of powerlessness and frustration, which seems to envelop us like a cloak, have reduced, leaving room for anger, and the desire to discuss and act against the policies of this government and those who administer this city.
To prevent that the air turns unbreathable, that the bulldozer led by the Lega and the M5S can continue to move forward, we will need the hearts and intelligence of many. The space that has been opened must be fed.

  • 1. General Investigations and Special Operations Division, or Divisione Investigazioni Generali e Operazioni Speciali, an Italian law enforcement agency investigating terrorism, organized crime.
  • 2. Special Operations Group, or Raggruppamento Operativo Speciale, founded to coordinate investigative activities against organized crime.