On the 25th of April 1945 Italy was liberated by nazifascism with the crucial support of working class, communists and anarchist partisans. 70 years later we want to celebrate Italian liberation day with a solidarity event with Italian Anfitascists and Autonomous attacked by the repression of the state and neofascists groups supported by the establishment. We believe that anti fascism today means fighting for housing and welfare for all against austerity and neoliberal reforms, against borders and discriminations. The event also is aimed at providing solidarity with specific struggles like the one of Dordoni Autonomous Centre (Cremona).
On Sunday 28 January, around 6pm, a group of about 50 fascists (mostly from CasaPound) attacked activists from Cremona’s Dordoni social centre. The attack on seven or eight activists was launched by around ten people, and very soon bolstered by 40 more.
Emilio, one of the activists and someone very well known in Cremona, was beaten with a bar and then kicked in the face and head as he was lying on the ground. He would remain in a coma for several days before starting to recover.
‘On 10 April 5 comrades from the CSA DORDONI, including Emilio, were placed under arrest for having defended the social centre from the fascist attack. 2 comrades (Are e Alberto) were put into prison explicitly because ‘socially dangerous’ in view of the 25 April, #NoExpo and May Day action coming up. On 18 April the CSA DORDONI organised a demo in solidarity with the 7 comrades. The same day, Gian, Roma, Jonny, Pippo and Emilio have been released, while Are and Alberto have been put under house arrest.’
Starting with a presentation about this episode we intend to plan and discuss a solidarity strategy with comrades in Italy and beyond facing repression like the SOAS student Federico Annibale arrested in Frankfurt and with ongoing struggles like NoTAV, NOEXPO and the upcoming event of Mayday in Milan, which national media are scaremongering as the “New Genova 2001”. We will distribute material for translation as well as translated material for those that can`t speak italian. There will be some food, music and drink.
During the event ACE info Shop and Scottish Radical Library will be open and you will be able to find out more publications and original material from italian autonomia and workersist stuggles from the 70`,80`,90` and beyond.