From Rete Evasioni
Translated by act for freedom now!
ON THE SIDE OF THOSE WHO STRUGGLE IN THE GHETTOS, REFUGEE CAMPS, RECEPTION CENTRES FOR MIGRANTS, THE CPR CAGES [centres of early reception] AND HOTSPOTS
In the maxi-police operation that took place in the early hours of 30th March, with a deployment of 300 police units, including two helicopters, the State arrested 17 people who allegedly took part in the revolt of 27th October 2016 in the CARA of Borgo Mezzanone (in the province of Foggia).
The heavy charges of devastation and plunder, arson, bodily harm and resistance to public officials concern a total of 26 people, 9 of whom are still free because they were not found at the moment of the arrest.
As for today, 17 people are being held in the prison of Foggia.
The charge of devastation and plunder has already stripped many people of their freedom, including dozens of comrades who took part with us in some of the most conflictual demonstrations in recent years.
There are several cases where migrants were charged with this accusation: for example those who were involved in the revolt that destroyed the CIE of Crotone in 2012, and were later acquitted, and those who took part in the revolt of 29th December 2015 in the CARA of Mineo, a protest that originated from the same causes that led to the revolt in the CARA of Borgo Mezzanone last October.
While harshly repressing those who struggle, democracy is also constantly sharpening its juridical instruments in order to strike all migrants with an integrated system of laws and camps for migration management and control: in this way the migrants’ reception circuit is in continuous communication with the machinery of deportation.
In fact the reasons for the protest in the CARA of Borgo Mezzanone, totally hushed up by the media, were linked to the determination to obtain documents due to a huge number of failed applications for international protection; the demand to be allowed to prepare one’s own meals, given the very poor quality of the food they are forced to eat; to requests for pocket money, means of public transport to guarantee their daily movements and heating in the crumbling structure, considering the approach of winter.