Chile is close by


Today’s Campania is tomorrow’s Italy. An incubator for corrupt politics, organised crime and destruction of the territory.
Chile is close by. The people of Campania are firstly criminalized by the media, then abandoned by the politicians, and finally beaten as delinquents. Certain elders that raise their arms as a sign of protest are being truncheoned pitilessly. The gap between the citizens and the institutions is being bridged by means of beatings. The method is somewhat debatable, perhaps a bit fascist, but it has worked in other Countries like Chile and Burma. We’ll get used to it, you’ll see.

"Hello Beppe,
I am a young man from Ariano Irpino, however, these days I almost feel as if I am living in Pinochet’s Chile. These days the behaviour of the Police in my area has reached proportions that I would not have believed to be possible after Genoa 2001. Beatings handed out to unarmed demonstrators and pacifists, group attacks in the streets and totally unjustified arrests by the police. The reason for all of this is simply our opposition to the umpteenth Police attempt to humiliate the residents in the aftermath of the waste disposal emergency in Campania. Here is a bit of background so as to help you to understand the situation:
In 1996, in Ariano Irpino, the Difesa Grande waste disposal site came into operation, which today contains more than 1,500,000 cubic metres of refuse and has now become the largest waste disposal dump in Europe. You can just imagine the economic repercussions that this has had on an area that makes its livelihood from agriculture, and in terms of public health (an exponential increase in the number of people afflicted by tumours and malformations).
In 2004, a major public protest that lasted for two months forced Police Commissioner Catenacci to reverse the decision to re-open the waste disposal dump. New attempts to re-open the dump were made in 2006, when the operation was thwarted by the judiciary’s decision to impose a probatory seizure of the site, and again in July 2007, when the local political forces (with the exception of the SDI) agreed to accept another 80,000 tons of refuse in exchange for a law, namely Law No. 87/2007, which totally excluded the Ariano Irpino area from all plans for new waste disposal dumps.
Last month, De Gennaro once again provided for the re-opening of the Difesa Grande dump, but the plans were dropped because investigations undertaken by the Military Corps of Engineers revealed that the waste disposal dump is polluted. The decision was shifted to Pustarza di Savignano Irpino. Everything appeared to be normal but this was not, in fact, so. Pustarza is situated only 2 km from the Difesa Grande dump as the crow flies, and only 5km away from the largest waste disposal dump in Europe by road. What is happening, in fact, is that the Campania area is being targeted for the siting of more waste disposal dumps, pity that the area is inhabited by people with a strong desire to live, to work and to die in peace, as a result of natural causes rather than be killed by tons of refuse. They are literally trying to drown us!! For this very reason the inhabitants once again took to the streets to say NO to this umpteenth attempt to destroy our area. On Monday morning, the peaceful protesters, very few of them it must be said, were being charged by the Police.
A group of protesters was waiting near the Grottaminarda motorway toll gate for the arrival of other groups of protesters. When a number of Police vans passed by, a few of the people present applauded ironically. The Carabinieri passed by, as did a few policemen, with the exception of a couple of vans that stopped. A number of policemen proceeded to climb out of these vans and started to openly beat up the people with fists and kicks, and even with truncheons. An unbelievable scene that was captured on film by a courageous reporter from Canale 58, who was then forced to hide out in a shop and to conceal the offending video cassette, which the policemen wanted to get their hands on." Marco

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Tiziano Terzani's father, who was communist, had a weapon concealed in a wall of his apartment and, like him, the rest of the militant Italian Communists. I think our politicians can count themselves lucky that that generation of fighters is gone, because today those weapons could give them plenty of trouble, considering the brutality they are prepared to use against women and the elderly that protest peacefully in public demonstrations. This video from Savignano Irpino is deeply disturbing to people in other parts of the world who live in true democracies.

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