OLTRE LA PANDEMIA, LO STATO DI POLIZIA!
Translated by act for freedom now!
ON TOP OF THE PANDEMIC, A POLICE STATE
You could feel from the start of the state of emergency that health protection had little to do with the implementation of controls put in place in the streets all over Italy.
Through a delirious narrative supported by the complicity of all the organs of the media, they insisted on shifting responsibility for the thousands dead from profit on to individual behaviour, steadily legitimizing a kind of violence and brutality that many of us have known on our own skins from well before the state of emergency was declared. Those who called for the army and the militarization of the country are now satisfied: there’s not one corner of the cities free from the arrogance of uniforms of every kind and grade. To pay the price are the same ones that all those who command consider expendable: the enemies within, the undesirables, the last, all prisoners, right to the elderly in the care homes. Perhaps at the rate they’re seeing the State’s violence from their windows of forced confinement every day, many are finally realizing what its real face is.
Confronted with the umpteenth brutal police sweep involving the violent beating of two men in Corso Giulio Cesare in Turin someone said ENOUGH and decided to take to the streets. Many people came out of their houses and soon 4 of them were pushed violently by the police, thrown to the ground, handcuffed and taken away. They were later declared under arrest for resistance and abetting. The reaction of those around was swift: the street was occupied to make it clear that the use of fear in a more and more repressive way will no longer be tolerated, all the more so when carried out with a sense of impunity and omnipotence by every species of cop. And because, precisely while contagion is spreading in the jails, the State continues to fill them up.
OUR HEALTH CANNOT BE A POLICE STATE!
Timidly, some media are beginning to report abuses of power by those in uniform, but saying that “a few members of the forces of order are giving vent to excessive zeal”. As if they were “rotten apples”. How can we think that there is any difference between the torturers of the Bolzaneto barracks during the 2001 G8 in Genoa and those who beat up and humiliated prisoners in Santa Maria Capua Vetere prison when they were demanding health protection in the COVID emergency? Or between the executioners of Cucchi, Aldrovandi, Lonzi, and the 13 policemen who in Catania a few days ago beat a man on a bus with truncheons and sedated him with Taser guns because he didn’t have a ticket? Or between the endless examples of violence perpetrated by cops in police stations, railway police stations, the streets and the silent legalized violence all around at this time of emergency?
We are also seeing this in Bologna, where cops’ intimidation of the unfortunates who happen to be around certainly isn’t lacking. Every day we experience arrests and controls bordering on stalking: there are those who are stopped and accompanied by plain-clothes police in cars, those intimidated and filmed by security guards patrolling parks, those who get fined in their homes for meeting people who don’t live there and haven’t been identified, those who are threatened with house searches through article 41tulps [Italian Consolidated Law on Public Security] in search of weapons and explosives (“no problem, with your precedents, we’ll easily get a warrant”), those who are arrested and handcuffed while they are on the ground.
There are those who had clearly seen, well before this emergency, that the police have no other role than to protect the interests of whoever holds power, and are certainly not in the streets for our safety. For this reason we are not surprised at the vexatious treatment they are inflicting on us and others at a particular time like the present. Instead we ask: when will we realize that we can’t take any more of it? When will be there widespread awareness of the legalized violence that is these individuals’ job? And when this happens, will we be able to react to take back what they are taking away from us if we have become accustomed to bowing our heads?
It’s time to hold our heads up high, to not accept violence being inflicted on someone else in the street and look the other way, to open our eyes to the fact that the military, the police, the carabinieri, the finance police and the prison police in the streets, parks, outside our houses are not there for the protection of anyone’s health at all, but to protect the order and interests of the few.
WE HAVE NEVER SEEN FREEDOM AS A CONCESSION AND NOW
IT IS TIME TO TAKE IT BACK
FREEDOM FOR GIORDANA, MARIFRA, DANIELE AND SAMU!