Friday, June 25, 2010

Rovereto, Italy - demonstration of anarchists in solidarity with prisoners

June 25, 2010 infoshop news

Tense moments in the prison of Rovereto, Trentino, a demonstration of
anarchists against overcrowding in the prison - currently there are 100
prisoners for a capacity of 51 places - which was echoed by prisoners
inside the prison, who started banging plates and pots against the bars of
the cells. The anarchists then sprayed on the wall of the prison and threw
firecrackers into the sportsground and courtyard. A delicate situation
that caused the reaction of the independent prison union, who made a
statement denouncing the incident. "The demonstration of anarchist groups
outside the prison in Rovereto is symptomatic of the growing tension in
the country's prison system. Although there have been no recorded
incidents we believe it is appropriate to maintain pressure, stepping up
security measures to ensure the safety of those working inside the prison,
and also the public. " Secretary general of the Independent Police Review
Prison (Sappi) made a statement on the event which involved "a hundred
people, mostly belonging to anarchist groups. "The event began with loud
music and shouting slogans against the government and the prison
administration, prison overcrowding and health care - said Capece - This
resulted in a heavy reaction of the prison population, which started
beating plates, pans and anything against the bars and reinforced doors of
the cells for about twenty minutes. Outside, some protesters daubed the
wall with spray paint and then threw firecrackers inside the playground
and the courtyard. On seeing the Penitentiary Police personnel in service,
only a few, the people who threw firecrackers fled at about 20.30 and calm
was finally restored. "

He stressed "manifestations of intolerance towards the penal institutions
are unfortunately becoming more frequent and increasing overcrowding does
not help to calm tempers. 31 May in Rovereto we had a hundred prisoners
(about 60% of them foreign) against the 51 regulation beds.
Finally he proposes "to use the military for external security services of
prison." (23 June 2010)


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