Florence, Italy – Leaflet given out in Florence, March 2018, on rampant fascism and bad memory

Leaflet given out in March 2018, on rampant fascism and bad memory, which we’ve seen the umpteenth miserable results of with the murders* in Macerata and Florence
Translated by act for freedom now!
*Macerata, February 2018: 28-year-old Luca Traini goes on a shooting spree targeting migrants and wounding a number of them.
Florence, March 2018: 54-year-old Idy Diene, from Senegal, is shot dead by racist Roberto Pirrone, who declared he wanted to shoot the first black person he bumped into that day.
In solidarity with Ghespe, who remains in prison, and in complicity with those who decide to pass to action
‘Whether the mask is labelled fascism, democracy, or dictatorship of the proletariat, our great adversary remains the apparatus—the bureaucracy, the police, the military. Not the one facing us across the frontier of the battle lines, which is not so much our enemy as our brothers’ enemy, but the one that calls itself our protector and makes us its slaves. No matter what the circumstances, the worst betrayal will always be to subordinate ourselves to this apparatus and to trample underfoot, in its service, all human values in ourselves and in others.’
Simone Weil

‘I’m not racist, it’s just that there are too many of them’; ‘I’m not against immigration, it’s just that more controls are needed: these people come here as criminals’; ‘Already our State can’t look after us Italians, there’s no work… how can we take in others?’
How much longer will we have to hear these hideous lies, these ranting flimsy arguments from the mouths of people who (sometimes) insist on saying they are antiracist?
Italians clearly have short memories. They look on happily or indifferently at the re-awakening of fascism, the proliferation of symbols and political programmes that brush up and evoke the times of the Duce [Mussolini], the targeted attacks of terror squads against migrants, Roma and homeless people, the marches on Rome (and not only) on the anniversaries of their dead camerati.
As though the Twenty years’ dictatorship hadn’t been a human, political and social tragedy involving the whole country and the world, as though it hadn’t been a totalitarian regime that denied any kind of individual freedom, as though its expansionist aims hadn’t been paid for with thousands of bodies slaughtered in the carnage of the second world war.
Fascism has never been eradicated: the germ has preserved itself, survived the Resistance and evolved and adapted to modern times. In critical times of low immune defence systems, it has become contagious again. In Florence as in Macerata, fascists have already started shooting those whose colour of skin they don’t like, just as not all that long ago they put bombs on trains, in banks and stations, killing at random.
The institutions, less and less interested in even keeping up an antifascist facade, are content with blathering about the introduction of an ‘antifascist register’, a kind of contract that the political forces are to sign in order to be granted public appearances. In the meantime fascist premises are opening all over the country, their electoral stands are springing up like mushrooms, their marches infesting the cities with Celtic flags and Fascist salutes. Anyone with the least historical memory can’t help noticing the similarity with the propaganda and modalities of the early fascism, revised with a modern twist. The sincere antifascist looks on, at best pouring out their indignation on to their virtual friends now and again; then, perhaps, they will go and vote for the Northern League.
‘After all, actually, these migrants…’
Victims of a fulminating collective amnesia, the inhabitants of the peninsula are finding they are proud to be Italians again, culturally and economically superior to the masses of desperate people disembarking on these coasts in an attempt to survive. No one seems to remember the times when it was our ancestors who were disembarking on other coasts, fleeing poverty and persecution, doing their best to live in more ‘rich’ countries where they were often emarginated and discriminated against, exploited even more than in their own country and accused of exporting forms of organized crime. No one seems to realize the fact that mass migrations are caused by neo-colonial wars carried out by Italy and its allies, bombs dropped on houses and the plundering of resources. No one is ashamed of the hypocricy of how convenient it is for the Italian economy to exploit the labour of builders, fruit pickers, carers, prostitutes, drug dealers and so on, so that Italians pay competitive prices for their enterprises and whims while joining the choir of those who want to ‘send them back home’.
No, it’s too easy to forget the concentration camps of the past so as to avoid admitting that they are the same as those of today (real landfills for migrants in Italy – CPR [Temporary Stay centres] – and in Libya), too easy to forget what Fascism was so as to be lulled by buzzwords proposing simple solutions and a common enemy to be eradicated. Too easy to pretend one doesn’t know that silence is complicity and that indifference to today’s institutional racism is feeding the implementation of an increasingly totalitarian regime that we’ll have to face in the future.
In December 2011 Casapound dissociated themselves from Casseri [a Casapound member who killed two Senegalese men in Florence then took his own life as the police were chasing him], depicting him as a madman like any other, and ‘forgot’ that their member had been considered an ideologue by his camerati up until the day before the shooting, besides being an assiduous militant in their premises in Pistoia.
Today, instead, Forza Nuova and the Northern League say they will pay the legal expenses for their pistolero camerata Traini [who shot at migrants in Macerata in February 2018, wounding several of them] assuring him of support and institutional-political protection, while the newspapers vomit out the picture of a woman cut to pieces alongside the picture of a black man, and rot our brains with statistics on the criminality of foreigners, thereby legitimising an increasingly murderous racism.
So, as ‘partisans’ associations and leftist politicians reveal their mute servility by renouncing demonstrating in deference to the Macerata mayor’s request for ‘town tranquility’, fascists march undisturbed in the centre claiming the ‘reason’ and the political and emotional motive for xenophobic ‘action’, not a month later in Florence the electoral and media propaganda armed the hand of a random racist, who decided to ‘suicide’ the first black man he bumped into, Idy Diene. [a 54-year-old Senegalese man shot dead by 65-year-old Roberto Pirrone in the streets of Florence].
Still in Florence our comrade, Ghespe, has been locked up in Sollicciano for over six months after being accused of blowing up the window of the Casapound fascist bookshop ‘Il Bargello’ in via Leonardo da Vinci on new year’s eve 2017 (an event widely known because of the lack of skill of the bomb disposal expert who was injured while trying to defuse the device without any protection). Other comrades have undergone custodial measures and will be on trial on charges, among others, of attacking the former fascist premises in Viale d’Annunzio with sledgehammers and bricks, and for another explosive device outside the same bookshop a month later. We are not interested in knowing whether they are guilty or innocent, whoever it was simply put into practice an antifascism that doesn’t stop at declarations of intent or content itself with cowardly institutional antifascism, but acts in person to contribute to extirpating the disease of fascism, striking its premises here and now.
Whoever did it, didn’t just stand by and watch.
All our solidarity goes to those who have suffered and are suffering the revenge of a State interested in keeping alive the never dormant values of fascism. All our complicity goes to those who decide to act without delegation or mediation, against all forms of fascism and to bring about a world that no longer needs jails, borders or authority.
‘No government in the world fights fascism to the death. When the bourgeoisie sees power slipping from its grasp, it has recourse to fascism to maintain itself.’
Buenaventura Durruti

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