Imagine three days at Bolzaneto


Imagine three days at Bolzaneto. Then imagine some police barracks in the hills on the outskirts of Genoa. Then add Fini, the Deputy Premier, in the role of director behind the scenes in the Police’s operations room. Imagine Castelli, the Minister of Justice, on an after hours guided tour of the barracks. Let’s say that he sees some young guys in the spread-eagled position. Legs apart, arms up against the wall. Imagine him then going to bed and sleeping.
Imagine the police torturing unarmed young men and women. Italians and foreigners. Imagine broken arms, smashed teeth, broken jaws. Imagine women being forced to undress in front of a number of policemen. Add some threats of rape. Imagine truncheons between the legs. Imagine detainees being forced to shout: “Che Guevara was a son of a bitch”. Imagine unarmed individuals lying on the ground. Imagine ribs broken as a result of kicks. Imagine split skulls. Imagine terrorised individuals not allowed to sleep and not given anything to eat.
Imagine Italian politicians proposing a moratorium on the death penalty. Imagine Bonino and D’Alema, as happy as larks. Imagine an Italy that, twenty-one years on, has not yet ratified the UNO convention banning torture. Imagine an Italy in which the crime of torture is not a punishable offence. Imagine the torturers of Bolzaneto being accused solely of abuse of power. Imagine that such abuse of power is set to fall under the statute of limitations in 2009. Imagine Europe classifying us as a nation of clowns, neo-fascists and post-communists.
Imagine Berlusconi and Fini arranging a new G8 at Arcore. Imagine the citizens, many citizens that want to take part. Imagine the crime of torture not yet acknowledged in Italy. Imagine Castelli being woken up in the dead of night in order to carry out an inspection. Imagine the politicians responsible for the events at Bolzaneto being punished in terms of the law. Imagine a Parliament that acknowledges torture as a criminal offence.
Imagine a midnight train taking you to a faraway place, to some country that is civilised. Imagine a gentle breeze blowing in through the open window.
V-day 25 April. Freedom of Information in a free State.

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