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What we have understood by visiting the Susa Valley

No Tav (I'm a black bloc)

An account of activists visiting the Susa Valley in north-east Italy, where the inhabitants are in struggle against a high-speed rail link being built through their community. This article also looks at the various business interests involved in the project.

Updates over Susa Valley and No Tav protest

NoTav assembly

Since No-Tav activist Luca Abbà was injured on February 27, protests in the Susa Valley have escalated, reaching a new heights. Soon after Luca’s fall from a high-tension pole, the highway was suddenly blocked by No-TAV protesters. More solidarity rallies have since taken place in over 60 other Italian cities.

No Tav Luca Abbà severely injured while resisting to an expropriation

Luca Abbà NoTav

No Tav activists were not expecting the police to expropriate until the following night, but they came in the morning, after an urgent order by the Prefect. On Monday 27th February they started to build the fences to enlarge the construction site, in spite of the 75.000 people demonstration that took place just two days before.

75,000 say no, but government goes straight on

Susa march

Update (27 february 2012, 11:00 am italian time):
While we write, police forces are expanding the off-limit area, trying to clear the baita in order to demolish it. Fifteen protesters are resisting in it. One notav protester, chased by police, climbed on an electric pylon, and then fell down (from 10 meters high) after taking a shock. He’s now under surgery in Turin, ambulance transportation has been delayed by police for almost an hour. Roadblocks and rails occupations by notav protesters have started in Valsusa and solidarity actions are being planned in all Italy. More updates later on.
(type #forzaluca on Twitter).

Solidarity with the NOTAV arrestees: updates

Milan "Can't arrest struggles. Freedom for every NoTav struggler"

An update from Italy Calling on solidarity with arrested participants in the no-TAV anti-high-speed rail protests.

16 years sentence for Eternit owners in asbestos trial

People celebrate after the sentence

The courtroom in Turin was crowded. People had to wait on their feet until the judge finished to read the sentence.

Italy news update 1-10 February

Mario Monti

The reform of Italian labour market is the top priority of Monti’s Government. The key themes of the current political debate are the improvement of job flexibility and the controversial reform of the article 18 of workers’ law, to enable dismissal of workers of big enterprises without “a just cause”.

Murder attempt inquiry to be dismissed over G8 facts in Genova

Mark Cowell after G8 in Genova, 2001

British journalist, Mark Cowell, was subjected to a "brutal" and "potentially lethal" aggression during the demo against G8 in Genova (2001). Now, the inquiry is coming to an end. Italian newspapers and nationwide media are not reporting this story.

Little victory for Omsa workers

Omsa workers on stike

On the 31st of January, the national boycott campaign against Golden Lady products has reached its peak producing a first important result for Omsa workers in Faenza.

Students protest against President Napolitano in Bologna

Police represses demonstration against President Napolitano

Around 250 students and far-left activists protested against Italian Head of the State Giorgio Napolitano in Bologna, the 30th of January.

No-Tav demonstration in Torino

March in via Roma

The “no-tav” movement demonstrates in Turin against that judiciary action with a march of about 10 thousand people.

Police repression against No-TAV movement

March against repression

25 activists from all over the country were arrested in the repressive turn against NOTAV , while 15 more people were subject to precautionary measures and one french activist recived a prohibition of residence in Torino’s province, which includes the Susa Valley. Only three of the arrested people are originally from the Susa Valley: Giorgio Rossetto, leader of the Turin-based squatted community Askatasuna and Guido Fissore, 66, member of town council of Villarfochiardo, and Mario Nucera, barber in Bussoleno.

Servirail and Ferrotel workers in protest

Ferrotel workers (via tempostretto.it)

Workers on transport sector form the South of Italy are fighting back against new industrial plan of Ferrovie dello Stato (the national railway service).

Separate agreement leads to expulsion of FIOM from Fiat Italian factories

Workers of the FIOM union are marching

Thousands of FIAT workers will no longer be represented by FIOM, the main Italian union of mechanical industrial workers.

The pitchforks movement in Sicily

A blockade during the Pitchforks protest (via blogsicilia.it)

A strike and blockade action has started the 16 by the association representing Sicilian truck drivers (Associazione Imprese Autotrasportatori Siciliani) and soon collected support and spread among fishermen, farmers, builders, unemployed and other categories.