Let’s break down the walls of power
It now appears that “Lecce city of tourism” no longer tolerates any dissent. A city now completely gentrified, synonymous with a controlled city. The walls erected following the eviction of the new anarchist occupation in the historic centre, in a building owned by the municipality, speak for themselves. Outside of consumption, nothing is granted. And the historic centre of Lecce is now totally a place of consumption, with its bars and restaurants, trendy pubs and luxury shops, hotels and B&Bs. For residents of the past, singled out because they are inhabitants of the historic centre, there is no place left. There is no place for resistants of any kind.
The walls go up for those who do not adapt or are different: whether they are immigrants who have been living in the Giravolte for over twenty years, or those who want to take over a space to express their ideas and desires. Those walls are the exact expression of power. Whether it is called Us with Salvini [“Noi con Salvini”, electoral party coalition led by Matteo Salvini, leader of the “Northern League” party, currently renamed “League]” or Us with Salvemini (mayor of Lecce), the processes carried out are exactly the same. The first with brutality, the second with a smile, security and decorum are the central part of power’s agenda. An agenda that means more and more police in the streets, TSO, annihilation of social life, expulsion of undesirables, total control, homologation. Because everything is connected and it is not possible to feel left out.
Only those whose eyes are closed to it can fail to see how much this territory is changing and how, and to what extent and in what way the people who live here are becoming dispossessed of their existence more and more. Trees are eradicated and the landscape is erased, replaced with structures, power stations and cement. Spaces are closed to eradicate critical thinking, dissent, rebellion.
By police or by bureaucracy, Authority wants only to affirm itself and its totalitarianism. This basic concept of a police State is, in fact, also the basic concept of a democratic State and its administrators. The rest is pub talk. But if walls are erected, the simplest and most urgent thing to do is to demolish them, whatever they represent. Borders, morality, annihilation of critical thinking. Eradicating the obstinacy of wild nature, as well as anti-authoritarian nature, is not an easy task.
“Break down, always break down, because the more abuses eliminated in the present, the more egalitarian solutions are prepared for the future” – E. Cœurderoy.
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Translated by Act for freedom now!