Genoa, Italy – Report on the trial for the kneecapping of Adinolfi


Translated by act for freedom now/B.pd
On Wednesday October 30 in Genoa, (Italy) the first part of the trial against Nicola Gai and Alfredo Cospito, accused of kneecapping the managing director of
Ansaldo Nucleare (a company owned by Finmeccanica) Roberto Adinolfi in May 2012, took place. They had been held in pre-trial detention for a year and so far they hadn’t made any declarations to the judge. The previous day the bourgeois press announced a massive police
deployment and the ‘block of the city’. Moreover the two comrades were only transferred to Genoa on the morning of the 30th and not the day before, even though the trial was due to start at 9:30am, probably to fend off any solidarity gatherings outside the prison. But, as we read in the press a few days earlier, this didn’t prevent the explosion of a paper bomb near the AS2 section of Ferrara prison, where Alfredo and Nicola are being detained along with comrades Sergio Maria Stefani (the last prisoner of ‘operation Ardire’) and Adriano Antonacci (imprisoned following a ROS operation at the Castelli Romani); nor did it prevent an ENI Store from being trashed in solidarity in Turin a few days earlier. There were a number of checks carried out by the Digos on the cars of those who came to Genoa to attend the trial and on the local comrades as they left their homes.
 About two hundred comrades (more than expected) responded to the call to be present in solidarity and gathered outside the court to show to the two comrades that they are not alone in the face of the enemy, to show to all those who branded them as furious madmen that they are not isolated and that many anarchists still support one another in the face of the State. The police deployment was as expected, with over a hundred cops of all kinds, carabinieri and antiriot cops,
as well as many Digos cops in plain clothes who filmed the people from all angles and ‘escorted’ us in all our moves. Journalists were also numerous, and didn’t fail in their role of zealous vultures, which they have always been, especially in Italy [the Italian press has been largely following the Adinolfi case since the beginning and making the most of it, in particular during the days preceding the trial, whose 30-second hearing is entirely available in internet videos].

 The entrances to the court were quickly blocked and just 24 people were allowed to attend the trial (in a small room, obviously in order to prevent the presence of the public). Right at the start of the trial Alfredo started to read a declaration without the judge’s permission; amidst insults the judge had Alfredo removed, followed by Nicola who had not even started to read his. Both declarations claim responsibility for the attack Alfredo and Nicola are accused of. The comrades in the room then left the court noisily, insulting the judges and shouting slogans. Comrades also made themselves heard outside the court: ‘freedom for all’ and ‘our desire for liberty is stronger than all authority’.
 The trial went on without the defendants or the 24 comrades who were attending the hearing; the declarations were read by the attorneys and the prosecution demanded a 12-year sentence for Alfredo, considered the perpetrator of the gunshot, and a 10-year sentence for Nicola (and also a million euro as compensation to the State). Prosecutors Silvio Franz and Nicola Piacente were surprised that Alfredo and Nicola, after pleading guilty, ‘not only didn’t disown the action but also showed contempt for the authorities and the law’! On November 12 the trial will come end with the statement for the defence (which will try to have the charge of ‘terrorism’ dropped) and the sentence. Meanwhile the comrades who came in solidarity left the court together escorted/followed by antiriot cops on alert and some not very discreet spies with cameras, and ended the day with a discussion in a university hall occupied for the occasion, where they held a short meeting to discuss what to do next to express revolutionary solidarity with the comrades, following the solidarity
meetings that had taken place in Rome and Florence (as a response to the call out ‘With our heads held high’). Mobile groups of Digos cops remained ostensibly stuck to the anarchists in the city throughout the day.

 The nuclear power industry, the civil as well as the military one, is one of the many horrors that infest this world with the resignation they spread, the authority and submission necessary to keep them going, the dispossession they generate, thus making control of our own lives impossible. Roberto Adinolfi is a frenzied champion of this deadly technology. Attacking him physically was just giving him back a tiny part of the oppression he spreads and supports with his activities.
 The recurrent discussions among anarchists on the methods to be used and promoted in the attack on power are often a source of conflict and this is normal: by its very essence anarchism cannot be a univocal ideological church but rather a free association of unique and different individuals whocome together, or don’t, on the basis of affinity. Within anarchism there have always been practices as varied as the personalities of different individuals who identify with the same ideas. Anarchist action presents a variety of instruments very different from one another, which each one can choose according to their sensibility, what they are ready to do and risk. But beyond these individual choices it is up to us to recognize actions that tell us something, consistently with the ideas we spread, and therefore the comrades to whom we want to give solidarity so as to break the isolation that the State wants to impose by trying to marginalize actions of attack in order to individuate so-called ‘terrorists’ among subversives and make a distinction between ‘good ones’ and the ‘bad ones’, dividing in order to better repress them.
 Of course solidarity cannot be uncritical or unconditional, and the support to imprisoned anarchists doesn’t mean that there is total affinity with everythingthey might say or do. So, for us the attack on this world carried out from an anarchist perspective doesn’t belong to an acronym or organization (FAI or other) and it cannot be summed up or monopolized by the self-referential network created by the sharing of that acronym. We want to spread conflict and attack inside society and against it, and not in a closed network which could become a virtual spectacle by dint of communiqués signed with acronyms (especially if they are always the same), a new kind of identity-based or organizational claim.
 It is obvious to us today that the two comrades deserve our solidarity, critical or not, because more than ever the trial for the kneecapping of Adinolfi is an important question for the whole anarchist movement, in Italy as well as everywhere else.  And we share Nicola and Alfredo’s perspective according to which the end of authority can only come through direct attack without relying on any mass uprising or revolution to be awaited arms crossed.
 Let’s spread the practice of attack against this society of oppression and dominion by supporting in word and deed those who don’t bow down to repressionand continue to struggle for the ideas we all share.
Freedom to all the comrades investigated and imprisoned in Italy and elsewhere, who hold their heads high in the most difficult times, who struggle inside as they did outside, with the dignity that characterizes our anarchist perspectives and in the face of the cowardice and resignation spreading throughout the world. We also send our thoughts to Sergio, the last prisoner of the ‘Ardire’ and ‘Shadow’ operations. Till there are no more prisons, till the end of all authority!

Everybody free!

 From the other side of the Alps…

A few anarchist individualities in solidarity

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