NO TAV – Solidarity actions and initiatives

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This is a brief account, absolutely not comprehensive, of solidarity actions with the NO TAV resistance (translated from informa-azione).

 

Genoa – In the evening of 29th February about thirty people blocked the departure of a Frecciabianca train in solidarity with the NO TAV struggle. Before dispersing some of the group smashed windows of the train.

 

Rome – We receive from anonymous email: ‘In the night of 28th February people attacked the daily Il Messaggero premises with paint and graffiti in solidarity with the NO TAV. May the struggle continue in all forms and directions. No high speed train in the valley or elsewhere. Freedom for all!’

 

Lecce – On 28th February about twenty NO TAV demonstrators occupied a railroad track at the station of Lecce and blocked the Frecciargento train to Rome for 50 minutes. After about an hour the demonstrators left the railroad and marched in the streets of the city.

 

Barcelona – In the morning of Wednesday 28th February a group of people organized a gathering outside the Italian consulate in solidarity with the NO TAV. LA LUCHA NO TAV NO TIENE FRONTERAS! A SARA’ DURA!!!

 

Basque Country (Donostia) – Communiqué of the solidarity gathering with the NO TAV struggle and Luca called on 3rd March outside the station of Renfe in Donostia, Paseo de Francia 22 [from culmine]

 

For more than 20 years the NO TAV people have been struggling against the construction of the Turin-Lyon high speed railway. This resistance was born in a small Alpine valley and has now become a symbol of strength and determination against the perverted powers of the market.

Sabotage, direct actions, popular meetings and direct control of the territory are some of the strategies of resistance of this movement, which has managed to stay united in spite of all the attempts at splitting and criminalizing it that power has tried against it. 

NO TAV men and women have responded with even more strength to all the attacks that the Italian State unleashed in order to take possession of their land. They didn’t surrender after the eviction of the resistance camping, known as ‘Free Republic of the Maddalena’, or after the repressive wave that threw 25 comrades in jail because these comrades tried to block the construction of a useless and damaging work, which only obeys to the logic of economic profit.

Comrade Luca Abba’ of Val Susa is seriously injured after falling from a pylon. As a cop was trying to force him down, Luca got an electric shock. His condition is serious because of the electric shock and the fall from about ten metres, and also because first aid was delayed for more than half an hour. All this happened in the context of the protests against yet more expropriations in the valley on the morning of 27th February.

THE NO TAV STRUGGLE KNOWS NO BORDERS!

 

Lyon – In broad daylight anonymous people from north of the Alps daubed the Italian consulate with ‘NO TAV’ and ‘Strength to Luca’ graffiti [pictures in culmine]

Paris – We receive and transmit: ‘Tuesday 28th February an action in solidarity to Luca and the struggle in Val Susa was also carried out in Paris. A banner reading: ‘Solidairty with Val Susa. NO TAV’ was unfurled outside the Gare de Lyon, a station from where trains to Italy also start. Leaflets were also handed out exposing the events of the last days in Val Susa and the reason for more than 20 years of struggle.

Resistance in Val Susa is not the expression of some local uneasiness but it is the manifestation of radical refusal of the economic and political logics imposed by a system that exploits and destroys territories and peoples.

Solidarity with Luca and the NO TAV arrested!

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