Democracy stopped at Desio


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A citizen is exercising his constitutional rights: recording and distributing the contents of a public town council meeting. The one in Desio. He is thrown out and taken to the Police station and after that he is called by the Carabinieri and threatened with a court action by two town councillors if the film clip is published on the Internet.
These folk are completely mad. Putin is no match for them.
The sessions of parliament are broadcast live and the town COUNCILLORS don’t want to be recorded? Power is going to the heads of our employees. They are the sun stroke attacks of democracy. The blog will publish the video as soon as Giacomo sends it in and it is making its lawyers available if there should be a court action. To be taken to court for democracy is an honour!

"Dear Beppe,
I am Giacomo of the Desio MeetUp and I tried to exercise my rights to record and distribute images of the OPEN town council meeting on 29/05/08. It was a PUBLIC meeting during which the bosses of the company PEDEMONTANA s.p.a and the leaders of the town administration discussed the merits of the project for the new motorway that will go through and DEVASTATE our territory that is already devastated (here we have the highest number of building speculation projects and abusive tips in the whole area that more or less corresponds to the new province of Monza and Brianza and furthermore, we are “waiting” for the construction of another incinerator in addition to the one that already exists).
During the session I was called by the president of the town council to explain why I had a video camera with me. So I said that it was part of the “Breathing down your neck” initiative. In reply I was told that the regulations forbid such behaviour and the majority of those in the chamber voted for me to stop recording. Soon after that I was taken to the Police station by the local police who initially wanted the cassette with the video and in the end they left it with me with the agreement that I would not share it on the web. A few weeks later I was called by the Carabinieri who read to me a declaration by two councillors, a sort of threat to take court action that would be triggered if I were to publish the images. Desio is the geometric centre as well as being the neural node for the work of cementification, the interests at play are great, and that explains, but does not justify, the CENSORSHIP. Now my question is, given that I am still in possession of the “incriminating” images, what would I really be risking if I were to put them on the INTERNET? Is there a law, apart from article 21 of the Constitution that I could base my actions on?
In the certainty of meeting with your availability and that of the Blog. Sincerely” Giacomo Sicurello

PS In the past, you have been to Desio for a show… WOULD YOU COME BACK?

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Capitano Tonz. Vedi il video sull youtube.
capitano tonz pirata inglese. Tante cose da dire a Mr Grillo.

Posted by: tony cummins | March 26, 2009 10:05 PM

Ciao a tutti,
sono di Roma ma vivo ad Arezzo da ormai tre anni. Volevo far presente come il comune di Arezzo si sia aperto alle richieste del blog soprattutto circa l'argomento delle riprese in comune. Senza alcun tipo di protesta da parte dei grillini, il comune ha ripreso autonomamente le riunioni e dal primo settembre sono disponibili tutti i video sul sito del Comune di Arezzo stesso. Mi sono meravigliata dell'apertura dimostrata da un comune così piccolo (ovviamente sono abituata a Roma, quindi per me è tutto ridimensionato...aretini non vi offendete!è una bellisima cittadina!!) e sono davvero contenta che non ci sia stato neanche il bisogno di lottare ma ci sia stata una volontà autonoma di render trasparente tutto.

Un Saluto

Posted by: bianca maria scrugli | September 13, 2008 10:42 PM

Odd indeed. Here in the Netherlands local governments are actually installing video-systems so as to broadcast the council meetings directly on the internet. Easier for both the press and the interested citizen.

Posted by: Ad Veen | September 11, 2008 03:19 PM

What's to comment?

Questions are needed here!

What the hell is going on in Italy?

A citizen is taken to the police station for having filmed an open public town council meeting?

Such an attack on democracy by an elected administration of any town or city here would have been on the front page of every daily.

Things are turned upside down in Italy. Constitutional rights unlawful acts; victims victimized; children fingerprinted; fascism praised; vigilantes and army roaming the streets.

Is Italy on the eve of a coup?

What's with the media?

Where is the opposition?

And on the economic front Italy is not even in the top four European economies.

This morning the BBC named the the four strongest economies in Europe: Germany, France, Spain and the UK.

How long before they kick Italy out of the G8 and let Spain in?

Posted by: lou pacella | September 10, 2008 06:51 PM

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