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Genova, 2001: 11 years later, a bitter sentence

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On the 5th of July the Italian Supreme Court convicted thirteen police heads involved in the brutal raid at the Diaz-Pertini and Diaz-Pascoli schools of the 21st of July 2001. Most of them, who were previously cleared, received convictions of up to five years, even though others have been now cleared because of the 10-years-time limit that Italian law sets on trials. After eleven years, this is the very first time in which high ranking policemen have been convicted for their brutality during the anti-G8 protests in Genova. However, none of them will ever go to jail; instead, they will only be suspended from duty (Italy’s Statute of limitations) for the next five years.

French government rediscusses Torino-Lyon project

French newspaper "Le Figaro" reveals the French government is re-examining the Torino-Lyon high-speed train line.

The struggle of migrant workers in Castelnuovo Scrivia

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Forty migrant workers have been protesting in Castelnuovo Scrivia (in Piedmont, in the district of Alessandria) since June 22.

Sins of Maddalena

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Sometime words aren’t enough, that’s why we translated this short documentary. We regard it as a good glance into the Notav struggle. It shows who they are, where they live, the aims and reasons of their opposition.

10×100: sign the call

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A call to sign a petition against the potential jailing for 100 years of demonstrators against the G8 summit in Genoa in 2001.

Shock economy in post-earthquake Emilia

After the two big earthquakes that have hit Emilia over the past two weeks, local businesses have already begun to put the shock economy system in to practice.

Saving the countryside

This article is our translation of this text. More infos and updates in Italian can be found here.

Brescia: 38 years after fascist blast, rallying students are charged by police

Clashes between protesters and police took place in Brescia on May 28, during the annual commemoration of the victims of the neofascist bombing of Piazza della Loggia in 1974.

Second quake hits Northern italy

17 dead, 350 injured and over 15,000 homeless: this is the toll of the second earthquake that hit the region of Emilia, in northern Italy, on May 29, at a magnitude of 5.8. Among the most heavily affected towns are San Felice sul Panaro, Cento, Crevalcore, Mirandola, Medolla. This is the second quake in 10 days to hit a zone traditionally considered at low-medium seismic risk. Schools and universities, as well as all public offices in Bologna and Modena, have been closed until further notice. Experts warn that new quakes may follow over the next few days.

Macao

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On May 5, Torre GalFa (empty since 1997) became the site of the Europe’s largest occupation: ‘Macao’.

Blast in high school in Brindisi leaves 1 victim and 7 injured

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On May 19 at 8:00 a.m., an explosive device made of two gas tanks blasted through the vocational high school Francesca Morvillo Falcone in Brindisi, at the same time that students were gathering and preparing to start an ordinary day of class. One student, Melissa Bassi (aged 16), was killed, while seven other students are being treated for severe injuries (one of them, whose identity has not been made public, is allegedly in critical condition).

5400 workers on redundancy payment at FIAT plant in Mirafiori, Turin

Sergio Marchionne, FIAT CEO

Sergio Marchionne has managed to set a new record in his activity as the CEO of FIAT: that is, to layoff the whole workforce of the Mirafiori plant in Turin.

Over Mother’s Day, Catholic and neo-fascist organizations demand an end to abortion

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Thousands of people marched on Rome on Mother’s Day morning, 13 May, to demand the ban of abortion in Italy.

Communist march in Rome

FDS's march in Rome, May 12th

Occupy Equitalia

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Equitalia is a state-owned tax collection agency. Created in 2007, it was meant to replace all the private companies previously in charge of the task.

An overview of Italy after PM Monti’s first six months

Bologna: widows' march

A strange and dramatic demonstration took place on 4 May in front of a tax office in Bologna, where a 58-year-old bricklayer burned himself to death on 28 March.

A blurred picture emerges from local vote in Italy

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While European social-democratic forces celebrate the victory of the socialist Hollande in the French Presidential race, the administrative and mayoral elections held in Italy seem to provide a more blurred and nuanced picture.

Clashes during International Workers’ Day in Turin

The annual celebration of International Workers’ Day in Turin has become an occasion for activists to organise protests against local Mayor Fassino (PD, Centre-Left):

School workers protests in Torino

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Two different protests have been put on by school workers in Torino in 3 days.

Italian government doesn’t obey to Italian laws

Marisa Meyer (photo) is 67 years old, to walk she needs the help of a crutch, her hands tremble, but on 11 April she succeeded in fooling about 400 policeman who were patrolling the yet-to-come-building-site for the Torino-Lyon TAV.