At least 21 activists in various cities affected
Universities occupied for protest
At least 21 italian activists were arrested by political police “Digos” this morning. 16 were taken to prison, five have to stay under house arrest.
The police attack affected activists from Torino, Padova, Bologna and Naples, among them known members of social centres. One of the arrested was followed by the police up to L’Aquila, where the G8 summit should take place. In Naples several objects were raided and searched.
Under the pretext of “preventive arrests” the police used the heavy protests that were organized against the “G8 university summit” in may in Torino. The measures hit members of the so called “Area Antagonista”.
“We will not go”, explains Francesco, one of the activists, “until our university is not positioning itself towards the arrests”.
On friday the police arrested two men near Viterbo, that were accused of being member of an “anarcho-insurrectionalist movement”. They should have been planning to sabotage trains by placing “horse shaped iron bars” at the railway cables to bring the locomotives to halt.
On saturday 700 people demonstrated in Berlin against G8. The demonstration was attacked by the police, at least four activists were arrested. The organizers critizise in a press release, that the police “searched the escalation”.
July 6th, 2009.
News about protest and resistance in Italy:
* http://www.gipfelsoli.org/Home/L_Aquila_2009 (german and english)
* http://g8.italy.indymedia.org (italian and english)