The atmosphere remains tense and edgy in the detention centre of Corso Brunelleschi: during a storm on Friday, a young man took advantage of guards and forces of order’s diverted attention to climb bars and walls and conquer freedom.
Even if the official media present protests and fires with an aura of exceptionality, burning mattresses and the few pieces of furniture left is now a recurring practice to draw attention to the many problems inside, the least being the lack of a barber. Recently prisoners also told us that there was not enough shampoo for them to wash their hair or any fresh water to drink.
Fire also serves to communicate directly with the outside; in fact during recent gatherings it has frequently happened that columns of smoke could be seen rising up, which warmed the people who had rushed there in solidarity and relaunched their shouts of support. A fire also occurred this Saturday as the voices, music and banging on bars coming from the meagre gathering outside the centre, held in spite of the rain, reached the prisoners’ ears.
Yesterday we got news that many prisoners threw food at the personnel, sustained by the fact that they had received a pile of food parcels put together following an appeal launched by one of the many people in solidarity who mobilized after Faisal’s death. Far from all forms of pietism and humanitarian aid, this episode highlights how the struggle can gain more strength in the conjunction of efforts between inside and outside: to refuse the Sodexo food without losing energy and remaining lucid, i.e. without the blackmail of hunger, and with the possibility of organizing a longer protest.
Continuing this overview throughout the weekend: from Saturday evening to all of Sunday a boy remained on the roof of the unit to resist deportation. A boy with serious mental health problems was kept in solitary confinement, which worried other prisoners a great deal as they saw him standing naked.
Translated by act for freedom now!