Rome – People in the streets for the 25th of April
Also in Rome people decided to break the quarantine and come out into the streets
Bologna – Transgression of quarantine
Several people left their houses throughout the morning, especially at Pratello
Berlin – Lockdown protest, 100 arrests
Dozens of people, over 100 according to police, were arrested in Berlin because they were protesting against the lockdown imposed to contain the spreading of the coronavirus.
The Constitutional Court ruled earlier this month that even during the lockdown demonstrations are authorized as long as the participants keep the safety distance. Some of those who protested today tried to do so, sitting on the ground and wearing masks, but others gathered together. The police spokesman declared “According to the lockdown regulations, agents are obliged to prevent this type of gathering”.
Monza – 25th of April in the streets
The symbolic value of April 25 suggested that we snatch a little bit of freedom from this quarantine queue to pay homage to the partisans of Monza who fell in the struggle against Nazifascism. So we set off in small groups to some of the many places that recall the events of local anti-fascism, offering a vivid testimony of our daily commitment to keeping alive the memory of the Resistance and an attempt to update its human and political value.
We later discovered that, like us, spontaneously and without public callouts, the same simple gestures had taken place in many other cities. A flower, a banner, a song: all around there has been news of small conscious insubordination to the diktat of domestic confinement, claiming the ability to self-determine and act safely. Matters that have a close correlation with a true concept of “freedom”. To “defile” the day, the now usual bulletin of episodes of intimidation and police violence that struck some comrades engaged in going around headstones in various areas of Milan. Fines, beatings, identifications, handcuffs become “simple checks according to the Coronavirus decrees”. In expressing solidarity and complicity with all those who mobilised yesterday, we repeat that it is precisely on the theme of individual and collective freedoms that it will be necessary to engage in these times of “emergency” and “state of exception”.
Turin – Waiting for the bus
In these times of emergency public transportation in circulation has been significantly reduce, resulting in endless waiting. The frequency of the vehicles of the various police forces around Turin, on the other hand, has probably never been greater.
And so last Wednesday a 43 year old man waiting for a bus at the stop in corso Tassoni, at the umpteenth passage of a police car rushed against the car remembering the fine received the previous day at the hands of their colleagues. “The police stopped me and fined me. Unjustly. And they will pay for this.”
These words, as well as several threats, were followed first by the launch of a shoe then punches and headbutts all aimed in the direction of the police car. Unfortunately for the man, he ended up in handcuffs for aggravated damage and threats to public officials, as well as with another fine for non-compliance with the anti-covid provisions. We will see if the GTT [Turin Transport Group] runs in defence of its heroes, increasing the number of trams and buses in Corso Tassoni.
Saronno : Anarchist banners on 25th April
During the night three banners were put up in the Matteotti neighbourhood, reading: “25th April today: let’s free ourselves of those who have sold out health”, “25th April today: let’s free ourselves of the State that is starving us”, “25th April today: let’s free ourselves of the police in the streets”.
[April 25 ‘Liberation Day’ a national holiday in Italy that marks the fall of Mussolini’s Italian Social Republic and the end of the Nazi occupation in 1945, near the end of the second world war.]
Turin – Demo with Gabrio social centre
According to the press, a demo of about 20 people took place today with unfurling of banners reading: “Capitalism is the virus, resistance is the cure” and “The San Paolo area is antifascist”.