On the evening of September 20, in Rome, we interrupted a democratic kermesse that took place at the Troisi cinema. The evening’s special guests were the critical philosopher Noam Chomsky and the committed filmmaker Ken Loach. We stormed in with a banner that read ‘Against every prison. 41 bis = torture. Freedom for Alfredo’, threw leaflets and read the following text.
ALFREDO OUT FROM 41 BIS
FREEDOM FOR EVERYONE
Since May 5, our comrade Alfredo Cospito has been imprisoned under the 41 bis regime.
The 41 bis is a regime of institutionalised torture, created to isolate, silence and annihilate the prisoner, thus trying to bring him to collaboration with justice. We do not want to demand more comfortable cages, nor do we want to be victims. We are against all prisons, we would like to see them burn. We are not surprised or outraged, we know very well that all this happens within a democratic regime. Democracy is based on the annihilation of the internal and external enemy. This is not a novelty linked to the advent of the so-called pandemic, this mechanism is inherent to representative democracy which, because it provides for representatives, necessarily creates an unbridgeable gap with the represented. Quite simply, for the past two years, we think that democratic regimes have dropped their masks: repression for all, permanent states of emergency, compulsory vaccination, green passes, persecution of those who do not play by the rules, rationing, etc. The situation is self-evident.
The state is giving us a warning: those who spread anarchist and revolutionary practices and ideas are buried alive. Examples of this are the recent convictions of Juan Sorroche (28 years in prison for an attack on a Lega Nord headquarters) and Anna Beniamino (sentenced together with Alfredo for political massacre, a sentence of life imprisonment). The repressive tightening we are experiencing cannot go unnoticed, we cannot get bogged down in wait-and-see. These are hard times, but better times will not come if we do not act now.
That is why it is important to pretend for Alfredo’s removal from 41 bis with all our strength, to spread anarchist ideas and to claim the practices for which he was convicted, practices that have always been part of the anarchist movement.
To the democrats and false critics we have nothing to say… we just wanted to spoil your party.
FREEDOM FOR THE PROSECUTED ANARCHISTS
DEATH TO THE STATE, LONG LIVE ANARCHY