Berlinguer’s funeral


The Pavia and Milan Beppe Grillo meet up groups together with Piero Ricca went to the Festa dell'Unità to talk about the pardon. This is how it went.

“I want my microphone back. I would be able to start from here, with an involuntary citation from the Santoro Rockpolitik, this little news story in the Fassinian evening at the festa dell'Unità di Milano.
The microphone of my Ikarus megaphone to be sure, the one wrenched from me by a violent thieving DS militant. It wasn’t easy, Monday evening, at the festival of the “democrats of the left” to express our democratic right to dissent. Or rather: to express the opinion of the majority of the Italians about the mid-Summer VIP pardon. But we had already calculated that. And all things considered it went fabulously: we all got home safe and sound. This is how it went.

At 8:20pm we all met up as arranged, the Grillians of Milan, at the Lampugnano metro station. About 15 of us with 2,000 flyers and the usual placards. A few minutes later we arrived at the festival location the palamazda (the same palamazda where with our friend Ric Farina we challenged the Forza tribe, that today I’m almost re-evaluating in comparison to so many DS militants). We put on our posters and started to give out leaflets with great energy. At a certain moment, whilst waiting for Fassino. I announce our presence using the megaphone and I give a short speech.
I respond with the usual simple arguments:
1 This is a public place
2 The Festa dell'Unità is not an extra-territorial place
3 Thus, even here, article 21 of the Italian Constitution is valid, the one that guarantees the liberty of expression.
4 We too, are electors who vote for the centre left: are we allowed to criticise or are we only good for election time?
5 Furthermore, on the topic of the pardon, the majority of the electors of the Prodi government are with us.
The replies from the companions who became more agitated are a selection of cultural lateness. Here’s a summary of them.
1 This is a private festival
2 We have hired the square. For this evening it is ours
3 Who is paying you, Berlusconi?
4 If you were to go to a right-wing festival to do the same stuff, you’d see what would happen
5 Get out of our hair, dirty rats!
Faces, expressions, behaviour, all angry, threatening, pitiful. The DIGOS friends watch from a distance, my attempt to get them to intervene to defend our rights is useless. At the “private” festivals of the State-Parties the true public force is the police.
The first attack concludes with my megaphone address suspended. Then the enthusiastic Fassino speech goes on; we follow it through an external TV screen while continuing to give out leaflets and showing our banners.
There’s the moment when there’s an exchange of words with the top Quercia man in Milano, Filippo Penati, the president of the province. I try to shake him out of his stupor by objecting that in a time of ever-increasing corruption the first parliamentary action was to pass a pardon that extends to crime VIPs and to crimes that have not yet been discovered. He responds: the pardon was useful to the poor people, anyway the VIPs will never go to prison. Consorte has not yet been found guilty. He understood the lot.
About 11:00pm Fassino moved away to the Valtellina restaurant for the ritual greeting to the festival volunteers. We approach him asking him to take the flyer and to respond to our criticism. He keeps straight on. He’s melancholic and indifferent.
At that moment I pick up the megaphone and get up on a bench to continue the reasoning. I even evoke the memory of Enrico Berlinguer and his battle on the moral question.
The heavens open. Evoke the moral question at the festival of the DS? That’s worse than blaspheming in Church! A sort of explosion rises up. An indistinct array of insults, threats, whistles, and shouts. The most energised come at us.
With the physique of a bull-dog, middle aged, faces covered: the next day that’s how I remember them. The last remnants of Stalin’s Old Guard. New externals. Lynching is very close.
This time the gendarmes intervene and limit the damage. In the mêlée, one of the Stalinist dogs, protected by the mass, to silence me, tears the microphone from the megaphone. I haven’t yet managed to get it back.
Naturally the police, taking great care to protect Fassino from the terrible risk of a raspberry, pretend not to see, even though they are only half a metre away. At the “private” festivals of the Church-Parties it’s possible to attack and rob a dissenter with impunity under the watchful eye of the DIGOS. But this story doesn’t end here. Even the majority, after all, have the right to make their voices heard.”
Piero Ricca.

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Piero Ricca you were absolutely GREAT!!!
Well done!

Posted by: Roberto Pellegrini | September 25, 2006 04:01 PM

I've met DiPietro when he was still a policeman in Bergamo.
He was, and he still is a cool guy.

By the way: where is Maena Gambaiani now that MortadellaMan has been elected?
Do you remember how she always lauded him because he was her teacher? Where is she now?

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | September 23, 2006 06:14 PM

you know, Prince, I had never voted Di Pietro before, because he took too much after a policeman, but yet, after this indulto-story, I think I will vote for him next time!

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | September 23, 2006 03:47 PM

Is a couple of years I'm saying that we need to put an incendiary bomb inside the Parliament when everybody is inside and then start fresh with new people.

Except for DiPietro everybody is guilty.

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | September 23, 2006 12:20 AM

It's impossible to find wisdom in extreme political viewpoints. Far left and far right become indistinguishable when it comes down to thuggery and criminality. These guys keep on changing Party names and political posturing, but the underlying truth is that they are always the same hoodlums. Stay away from them because they are toxic.

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | September 21, 2006 10:34 PM

The problem is that the DS have always been very distant from their basis. It's their way of doing. In this case they was going on with their indulto-law, in despite of the discontent spreading among the rank-and-file. I'm not surprised about it.
I'm wondering about Rifondazione and Bertinotti. I didn't expect it of them, but they was also for this law, even if their basis doesn't agree at all with it.
As Bertinotti's voter I'm very disappointed.

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | September 21, 2006 09:44 PM

The problem is that most of them have a short memory and usually a "right side pocket"....
Not forgetting the fact that the majority have either studied Law or Political Sciences before indulging into politics...
These characteristics must definitely mean something!!!

Posted by: paola filinesi | September 21, 2006 09:04 PM

Typical arrogant behaviour by ignorant supporters who do more harm than good. Besides, politicians are a very special breed. They talk, talk, talk. They do nothing much except smite us with their arrogance and sheer indifference... they play with our lives and call it policy making.

Posted by: Joselle Camilleri | September 21, 2006 08:31 PM

I copy what I wrote on the prevous post(answering to The Prince)

If the poor Berlinguer could see what happened at the "Festa dell'Unità" would be turning over in his grave!

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | September 21, 2006 06:52 PM

...italy has only politicians.
that's something else right to add.

Posted by: michele Fabbretti | September 21, 2006 06:47 PM

"Mothers may still want their favorite sons to grow up to be President, but . . . they do not want them to become politicians in the process"
John F. Kennedy

What else is there to say...???!!!!

Posted by: paola filinesi | September 21, 2006 02:57 PM

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