Leftwing looters raid shops

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Nov 8 2004 14:36
Leftwing looters raid shops

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Leftwing looters raid shops

Sophie Arie in Rome

Monday November 08 2004

The Guardian

A group of 200 leftwing protesters wearing balaclavas, carnival masks and

bandanas over their faces, went on a "proletariat shopping spree" in a Rome

hypermarket at the weekend, carrying off goods and handing them out.

They swarmed into the Panorama hypermarket on the outskirts of the Italian

capital on Saturday shouting "free shopping for all".

After failing to negotiate a 70% discount with the supermarket's manager, the

group barged loaded tr

olleys past cashiers and distributed the goods to a crowd

outside.

Police chose not to intervene but later claimed to have identified 87 members of

the group, who now face legal action.

The "proletariat shoppers", included a Communist town councillor, Nunzio d'Erme,

and the leader of the Black Block, Luca Casarini, who led violent G8

anti-globalisation protests in Genova in 2001.

Other "proletariat shoppers" went on to raid a Feltrinelli bookshop in central

Rome.

The sprees hark back to similar, more violent protests in the 70s. They were

condemned as looters led by Italy's most extreme anarchist groups. The stunts

coincided with a march by more than 10,000 workers complaining of soaring

prices, insecure work contracts, cuts in state benefits and overspending on the

Iraq war.

The cost of living has shot up in Italy since the arrival of the euro but

incomes have remained the sa

me, and the economy has stagnated.

Italy's leading Catholic charity, Caritas, warned last month of a risk of

increasing social discontent as 7 million young and old "new poor" - 12% of the

population - live below the breadline in the seventh richest industrial economy

in the world.

Italy's economy was hard hit by the post-September 11 slump in tourism and by

losing the trade battle with cheaper clothes, car, domestic appliances and food

and wine producers - notably in China and Australia.

With unemployment at 8.4%, and more than 26% of under-25s unemployed, the

charity said it was alarmed by the numbers turning to it for help.

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Nov 8 2004 15:04

Superb. Any photos??

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Nov 8 2004 15:10

Sounds wicked.

Glad the leader of the block bloc was there.

kalabine
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Nov 8 2004 16:20
rkn wrote:
Sounds wicked.

Glad the leader of the block bloc was there.

i thought luca was the leader of the white overalls confused

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Nov 8 2004 17:01
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Communist town councillor, Nunzio d'Erme,

grin

Brill if only my councillor had the bottle.

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Nov 8 2004 17:04
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i thought luca was the leader of the white overalls

One of revol68 jokes roll

wink

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Nov 8 2004 20:24

i thought the black bloc had no leaders?

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Nov 8 2004 20:46
kalabine wrote:
rkn wrote:
Sounds wicked.

Glad the leader of the block bloc was there.

i thought luca was the leader of the white overalls confused

But I'm the black bloc leader wink grin

As for Luca, the White overalls disbanded themselves and turned into the disobedienti...

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Nov 8 2004 21:02

I ain't got no idea?

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Nov 8 2004 21:49

Thats brilliant, its made my day reading that Mr. T

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Nov 13 2004 19:45

I noticed in the Corrections section of 'The Guardian' a couple of days after this article they corrected themselves saying Cassarini was not the leader of the Black Bloc but the leader of the Disobedienti .Who's been phoning the editor!

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Nov 13 2004 20:40

Never happen in england! We'd be standing outside the bullring for hours deciding who was going in first!

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Nov 13 2004 23:02

I think the M&S in Manchester would be a good target.

RE: Taking back what's ours.

People who download music and shit have been doing it for years. grin

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Nov 18 2004 22:01
Vaneigemappreciationclub wrote:
Never happen in england! We'd be standing outside the bullring for hours deciding who was going in first!

Lol. Reminds of the CBI last year.

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Nov 18 2004 22:54
Refused wrote:
I think the M&S in Manchester would be a good target.

RE: Taking back what's ours.

People who download music and shit have been doing it for years. grin

'In My Day' we just taped it wink

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Nov 19 2004 09:17
gangster wrote:
Refused wrote:
I think the M&S in Manchester would be a good target.

RE: Taking back what's ours.

People who download music and shit have been doing it for years. grin

'In My Day' we just taped it :wink:

Haha yeah, but copying onto your computer and having people download it is FAR easier than making tapes.

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Nov 21 2004 10:56
Refused wrote:
I think the M&S in Manchester would be a good target.

RE: Taking back what's ours.

People who download music and shit have been doing it for years. grin

To be honest, they probably wouldn't notice. I spent 3 months daily shoplifting my lunch from M&S until my girlfriend was really clumsy and got caught.

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Nov 21 2004 15:59

Was there any sort of demo/attempt to storm the CBI gathering this year?

Seems ridiculous that so much attention is paid to the G8 gatherings in comparison to the CBI, obviously the G8 is more powerful, but for anarchists in britain surely the CBI has far more relevence?

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Nov 21 2004 18:35
Alan_is_Fucking_Dead wrote:
Refused wrote:
I think the M&S in Manchester would be a good target.

RE: Taking back what's ours.

People who download music and shit have been doing it for years. grin

To be honest, they probably wouldn't notice. I spent 3 months daily shoplifting my lunch from M&S until my girlfriend was really clumsy and got caught.

Well I'm thinking the Italians didn't really care how little they were hurting these supermarket chains, they were just trying to make their distaste public in a way that would get a lot of media attention.

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Nov 21 2004 21:37

Well that was precisely my point. Choose a shop with better security. tongue

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Nov 22 2004 09:28
Alan_is_Fucking_Dead wrote:
Well that was precisely my point. Choose a shop with better security. tongue

What? Like HMV? Mr. T

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Dec 2 2004 01:20

there's a photo here: http://www.anarchism.org.nz/node/view/1432