Monthly Archives: February 2019

Call for Solidarity with the Imprisoned of Operazione Scintilla, Italy

*** Summary of the recent repressive operation in Italy in connection
with the resistance against the Italian migration regime ***
This is a translation of the original article in German, with pictures:
On Thursday 7 February 2019, at 4:40 a.m., the eviction of the squat
“Asilo occupato” (“the occupied kindergarden”) in Via Alessandria 12 in
Turin, occupied since 1995, began. The eviction was carried out as part
of the “Operazione Scintilla” (“Operation Spark”). Several hundred
Carabinieri in riot gear, police officers and Guardia di finanza with
machine guns and plain clothes police not only evicted the house, but
also arrested six anarchists. A seventh person is still being searched for.
The charges are serious: formation of a subversive association,
incitement to crime and the possession, manufacture and transportation
of explosives in a public place. The charges are related to the
resistance against the Italian migration regime, namely against the
deportation camps/prisons CPR and CIE (Centro per l’Immigrazione e il
Rimpatrio = Immigration and Repatriation Centre; Centro di
identificazione ed espulsione = Identification and Deportation Centre),
more information below.
The Asilo was evicted as part of this operation because the state
regards it as the “logistical and operational base” of this “subversive,
insurrectional association”.
The eviction of the Asilo was delayed by the squatters for 36 hours
because some of them had retreated to the roofs. In the meantime,
sympathizers organized wild demos in the city, where there were clashes
with the police. The Asilo was made uninhabitable in the last few days
(destruction inside, bricked up windows, etc.).
A first court date for the prisoners of the “Operazione Scintilla” will
follow in about 15 days, i.e. on about 27 February.
During the big solidarity demonstrations there were several arrests and
over 300 identity checks. Many arrested people report bruises inflicted
by the police when they were arrested. At least four people had to go to
the hospital because of their injuries. The accusations for the twelve
people arrested at Saturday’s demonstration are devastation, looting,
resisting orders, bodily harm and possession of weapons. However, in the
meantime, these twelve people who got arrested at the demo are again
free but have to report daily to a police station (as of 13 February).
Freely translated from the communiqué of the solidarity demonstration on
Saturday, February 9:
    “They wage war on the poor and call it retraining. We oppose the
lords of the city.”
    Behind this banner the demo concentrated. A multifaceted, strong
demo, determined to make the hostility against those who benefit from
the management of the city concrete and visible. […]
    The atmosphere we breathed was an atmosphere of intense emotional
participation in the events of the past few days and growing anger at
the militarization of much of the Aurora district, a police presence
that still does not seem to be diminishing and that restores the sense
of “normality” that the mayor wants to impose on the city. […]
    The demo fought its way through the streets, leaving barricades of
burning dumpsters and shattered cars behind. […] Unfortunately, a
final police action at the end of the demo caused the arrest of twelve
demonstrators and the injury of four.
    Yesterday’s demo is only the beginning, now it’s time to start a
fierce battle that will produce a new flower from the ashes of this
repressive operation.”
*Details of the accusations*
The allegations: formation of a subversive association; incitement to
crime; possession, manufacture and transportation of explosives in a
public place.
The six persons were arrested at the request of the anti-terror group of
the Turin public prosecutor’s office. The indictment is that the accused
    “have promoted, constituted, organised and participated in the
creation of a subversive association (ex Art. 270 c.p.) which is
intended to and can influence national immigration policy through the
repeated destruction of the CIE/CPR and through systematic acts of
violence and intimidation against the companies involved in the
management of the abovementioned structures.”
    (“aver promosso, costituito, organizzato e partecipato a
un’associazione sovversiva (ex art. 270 c.p.) diretta e idonea a
influire sulle politiche nazionali in materia di immigrazione mediante
la ripetuta distruzione dei CIE/CPR e con sistematici atti di violenza e
intimidazione nei confronti delle imprese impegnate nella gestione delle
sopra indicate strutture di accoglienza”)
The arrested are accused of “21 subversive attacks” in various Italian
cities: On the one hand, 15 parcels of explosives were allegedly sent to
companies in Turin, Bologna, Milan, Rome (French Embassy), Bari and
Ravenna; six other explosives affected the offices of the Italian Post
Office (Poste Italiane) in Turin, Bologna and Genoa. Poste Italiane was
allegedly hit because, as the owner of the airline “MistralAir”, it has
held the ministerial mandate for deportation flights since 2011.
Two of the arrested (together with two yet unidentified persons) are
accused of having placed explosive devices in front of Poste Italiane
ATMs in Turin on 30 April and 9 June 2016.
    “In order to establish contacts within CPR, they threw tennis balls
with a multilingual brochure and a mobile phone number with which they
agreed simultaneous actions within and outside the CPR structure. Then
they put matches and everything needed to start a revolt and setting
fire in packages of biscuits and other goods.”
Allegedly, the aim of these actions was to weaken or destroy the CPR’s
“capacity” (see
*The political climate in Italy and other notes*
Italy’s politicians want to “crack down with all their might”:
– Police president Messina describes the (imagined) group of detainees
as a “highly dangerous cell”.
– Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini demands “prison for these
infamous people” and wants to close all “social centres frequented by
– Mayor Chiara Appendino congratulates the police on their eviction.
– Alessandro Ciro Sciretti, a Turin Lega-Nord politician, wishes “no
mercy at all” for the demonstrators of the Solidarity demonstrations for
the Asilo-Squat. His suggestion: “a little bit of the Diaz school” is
Net to all the bad news the following news have been joyful:
Shortly after the demonstration on Saturday, an anti-fascist
demonstration took place, like every year, on 13 February, against a
fascist commemorative torch march of the Casa Pound in the district
The antifascist demonstration ends in front of the prison, where the
prisoners of Operazione Scintilla are imprisoned. According to the
communiqué, this was “a cordial greeting to all the prisoners and
especially to the comrades and friends who had been imprisoned for a few
days. A shed in the prison yard catches fire by a happy coincidence [a
Molotov cocktail according to the media] and is destroyed.
*Practical solidarity*
A lot of money is needed, long prison sentences are imminent – people
are very grateful for solidarity contributions to the following account:
    Giulia Merlini e Pisano Marco
    IBAN IT61Y0347501605CC0011856712
    ABI 03475 CAB 01605
The list of those arrested during Operazione Scintilla:
    Rizzo, Antonio
    Salvato, Lorenzo
    Ruggeri, Silvia
    Volpacchio, Giada
    Blasi, Niccolò
    De Salvatore, Giuseppe
You can write to the prisoners!
    *Name of the detained person*
    C.C. Lorusso e Cutugno
    via Maria Adelaide Aglietta, 35 e
    10149 Torino TO

EK Statement on Brandon Baxter of the Cleveland 4


I don’t normally write men political prisoners because I have had bad
experiences… but I hear you are safe”

I cannot tell you how many letters I get that open this way. Stories of
unwanted sexual conversation, requests for photos and attempts to start
relationships. It is not difficult to not violate women. I do it every
day when responding to letters.
A question for men in our community….Why are we being such creeps?

I remember the first time a female comrade called me out. I was in high
school and it was over me being a creep about a facebook picture. I
thought I was being funny or cute and made a comment that didn’t seem
out of line to me at all..She didn’t call me out in front of everyone,
instead just replied to my message, ”Eric I thought we were friends,
you are making me feel less”. This one sentence stays with me still
today because I never again wanted to ever make someone feel that way,
whether we were comrades, friends, partners, anything. That sentence
changed my entire life because it was the first chance to hold myself
accountable, to look at myself and see a chance to grow. We didn’t have
the language to express what was really happening, I was being a
patriarchal creep, that’s the reality..but she knew I was making her
feel less, and that was enough, that should ALWAYS be enough. That
chance to grow didn’t end in highschool, it didn’t end when I turned 20
or 30..this is a continual growth, a continual re-evaluation of what is
ok and what isn’t. Even now when my partner lovingly calls me out on
being patriarchal, I listen and take it very seriously, so that I don’t
ever make someone feel ”less” ever again. There is no perfection here,
there is no finished product, but there is a desire to always do better
and to always grow.

What I am seeing right now from certain people and parts of the radical
community, the MALE political prisoner community, makes me absolutely
sick to my fucking stomach. In prison you may find yourself having to do
things to survive that make you feel uncomfortable or gross, and that
sucks. But there is NEVER a reason to hurt, manipulate, lie to, bash,
coerce, trick, or in general be greasy to female supporters (or any
supporters really). Being a political prisoner does not entitle you to
be a misogynistic, manipulative piece of shit. Having support isn’t a
license to take advantage of people’s feelings or solidarity, to use
them for your own purposes. It isn’t ok in the streets, it isn’t ok
behind bars. We need to walk our talk on this issue, at least I do. We
need to call out the people who act this way, or think this is ok.

Brandon from the Cleveland 4 has done all those things listed above and
more, admittedly and purposely. When given the chance to do the right
thing, to be held accountable, not only did he reject those options but
instead he chose to victim blame. He has done major harm to different
women in the community who tried to support him. And since that is the
case, I want nothing to do with this guy. I don’t want to be associated
with him in any way, and that includes being associated with people who
still condone or apologize for him. If you have romanticized prison to
the extent to where you think this behavior is okay just because he has
been oppressed, then please lose my address.

How we treat each other isn’t a game. The women in our community still
have to deal with rampant patriarchy and sexism and still have to deal
with being called liars and exaggerates when they speak up. I bet we all
know of a hushed story about a man in our community who has problematic
behavior towards women. When these behaviors are silenced it just puts
more women in danger of experiencing them. This isn’t the future I want;
this isn’t how I want our revolution to look like. I stand with our
female comrades and I know many many others do as well, and when we see
behavior like this, we need to work on it, and if that isn’t seen as an
option, then we need to smash it out. We need to start saying these
things out loud, and as men it’s time for US to start holding each other
accountable and stop relying on femme folks to do the emotional labor of

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