Saturday, November 03, 2007

Four anarchists arrested in Italy

A night of ordinary democracy in Bologna: 5 anarchists are beaten and arrested

On Saturday October 13, at around 4am, a girl who is sleeping in piazza Verdi is noticed by police on patrol. The latter decide that the girl’s behaviour is ‘abnormal’ and must be corrected by compulsory sanitary treatment (TSO). They call the ambulance while keeping the girl under their custody against her will.

Five comrades of the anarchist place ‘Fuoriluogo’ witness the episode and cannot help expressing their contempt at the police. They do their best to prevent the arrest of the girl. The police’s answer is brutal: armed with truncheons and even guns they chase the comrades. As the latter flee, six more police vans are called on the scene and the short escape ends in piazza San Vitale. The 5 are handcuffed while being severely beaten by the cops. A few residents in the area are clearly indignant at the police’s behaviour but do not intervene.

The accusations against the comrades are quite heavy: aggravated robbery (the cops have lost a pair of handcuffs), resistance and damage (of a police van in which one of the comrades had been taken). The 5 are immediately imprisoned in La Dozza prison. Two girls are eventually put under house arrest.

We know even too well what the ‘crime’ of the 5 is, that of having chosen to oppose with courage a legal world of violence in which resignation live along with repression and exploitation. Struggle and action against the oppressor are the only way not to be accomplices of the silence imposed by this murderous society.


That very night and the following morning the police search the houses of other comrades in Bologna with the pretext that they are searching for the disappeared handcuffs.

In the evening a spontaneous march in solidarity to the arrested anarchists is carried out. Some of the demonstrators decide to express their solidarity also through ‘dangerous’ writings on the walls of the town. Caught by Digos officers, they are arrested and tried summarily: Juan and Bogu are sentenced to 10 months and taken to prison whereas Davide, Alessio and Belle are sentenced to 4 months and put under house arrest. A 17 year-old comrade from Rovereto is also accused.

Here are the addresses of the imprisoned comrades:

Cristian Facchinetti, Federico Razzoli, Andrea Tessarin (arrested on Saturday 13), Miroslav Bogu (arrested on Sunday 14)

Casa Circondariale La Dozza
Via Del Gomito 2
40127 Bologna

Juan Antonio Sorroche Fernandez
(arrested on Sunday 14)
Casa Circondariale di Ferrara
Via Argione 37
Ferrara (Italy)

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