At the dawn of November 11, there were numerous searches in different Italian cities and 6 comrades were notified of judicial surveillance orders: in prison for Alfredo, with house arrests for Michele, with the prohibition to leave the municipality of residence and the obligation to report to the cops three times a week for four other comrades.
The comrades are charged with the crime provided for by article 270 bis (association with the purpose of terrorism and subversion of the democratic order), because of the design, printing and diffusion, also by digital and computer means, of the anarchist newspaper Vetriolo, as well as for tags on walls with contents considered as outrage and incitement, in addition to a case of damage of a property belonging to others. In addition, they are charged under art. 414 (provocation to crimes and misdemeanors), for the drafting and dissemination of communiqués with content inciting the commission of crimes against the personality of the State, with the aim of terrorism and subversion of the democratic order.
In addition to this, two counter-information websites are closed: roundrobin.info and malacoda.noblogs.org [by the way the state censorship did not work: both sites are still accessible; NdAtt.], because considered an aggravating circumstance of the crime of provocation to crimes and misdemeanors (through a digital instrument).
The investigation begins in 2017, in Milan, at the beginning of the experience of the newspaper, and then it is transferred in the hands of the Prosecutor’s Office of Perugia, until today; it reviews the content of the anarchist propaganda articles, which are declared as dangerous for their communicative effectiveness and because of the diffusion of the radical idea.
This is not an attack on the freedom of press and thought. The State is doing its job of controlling and managing the internal enemy, in order to maintain its authority, and publications that resolutely affirm contents of a certain type, undermining its interests, are clearly targeted, as has always happened throughout history. In the current democratic and technocratic regime, characterized by an authoritarian turn, what is “allowed” is confined within the limits of maintaining economic profits and capitalist production and consumption. As is evident in the street demonstrations that these days express their opposition to political-sanitary impositions, the limit of what is licit is defined by the institutions and the limit of the freedom to protest is increasingly reduced. Those who publicly assume to publish a newspaper like Vetriolo, giving support and space of expression to the anarchist and revolutionary prisoners, are aware that the repression will be set in motion, with investigations accompanied by sensational headlines in the media. But this is not the reason why we will complain about the lack of democratic freedoms of expression and press, which in fact have never existed, let alone today. Continue reading “Italy: Does the Sibilla forecast the storm? EN/IT/FR/ES”