Breaking news: occupation by Italian anti-militarists

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David in Atlanta
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Feb 1 2009 14:44
Breaking news: occupation by Italian anti-militarists

I haven't found anything in English yet, but yesterday the good folks of Vicenza occupied the site of Dal Molin airport slated to be built by the US military. The campaign against the airfield has been supported by FdCA and FAI.
http://www.altravicenza.it/index.asp
http://www.nodalmolin.it/index.html
http://www.youtube.com/user/labcomunicazione

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Feb 1 2009 16:35

i'm sure that Vicenza's pacifists don't know what "FAI" or "FdCA" are.
the campaign has been supported by many political forces: radical left, stalinists, trotzkists, socialdemocrats, catholics, right wing nationalists... you can see some flags during demos... but there isn't any real anti-capitalistic movement.

David in Atlanta
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Feb 1 2009 16:58

I did not say the people of Vincenza necessarily know who the anarchist organizations are or that the local movement was led by them or that they were the only political support. I pointed it out for the benefit of non-Italian anarchists.

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Feb 4 2009 18:23
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Original in Italian - http://tinyurl.com/bfsdan)
Blitz in Vicenza: Site of the New US Base Occupied

About two hundred activists of the "No Dal Molin" movement entered the area of the Vicenza airport where a few days ago the construction of the new U.S. military base Camp Ederle 2 began.

The blitz was announced by the members of the movement themselves.
The police are on the site - including the Questore of Vicenza - and are overseeing the peaceful occupation of the area.

To enter the area the protesters cut a piece of the fence. The Questore Sarlo is trying to start negotiations with the demonstrators. There are also members of the Disobbedienti who arrived from Padova and other cities of the Veneto region.

The situation for the moment is calm. The demonstrators displayed banners and posters against the U.S. military, and with the spray paint wrote "Vicenza City of Peace" and "You demolish, we build peace". The protesters have not reached the area from the inside of Dal Molin, protected by a fence, which is being developed by the company in charge of demolishing the existing structures.

Some of the coop workers of CMC of Ravenna that were working on the site were taken away as a precaution. A fact that the 'No Dal Molin' have already declared as a victory.

Twenty demonstrators were on the roofs, while outside began assembling a tent. "This - said the Committee - is the response by those opposed to the project to the announcement of the imminent start of construction. On October 5, through the popular consultation, the participants decided in a vote by a large majority that the land must be devoted to civilian uses, therefore seeking to implement the project means trampling democracy."

For the protesters, the project to double the U.S. base is "illegitimate and illegal, because the proponents have refused to accept that a detailed environmental impact assessment be made of the site, a useful tool in protecting the health and the area." The occupation, the say, will continue indefinitely.

Ex-temp
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Feb 4 2009 18:38

Did you do the translation David

David in Atlanta
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Feb 4 2009 19:03
Ex-temp wrote:
Did you do the translation David

No, and thanks for reminding me to credit. An oversight on my part. Stephanie Wesbrook did