Open letter to Antonio Manganelli

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"Dear doctor Antonio Manganelli,
the term with which I address you, namely “gentile”, is not purely coincidental, it is what I would wish the State Police Force to be, namely, gentle towards the Italian public that it is assigned to protect. You see, I have a strange feeling that, in the view of the public, the State Police Force is assuming a role that, I am sure, it does not want to play, nor should it be obliged to play, namely that of protector of the interests of the political parties, as well as their misdeeds and their numerous previous offenders and statute-barred offenders.
I see this same feeling reflected in the eyes of the young girls beaten with truncheons in Bologna during the demonstration against Giuliano Ferrara. Their only crime was to have launched a barrage of tomatoes against a gentleman who is attempting to cancel a referendum, and who, from the comfort of his television studio, sponsors any war whatsoever, as long as it’s American. Where else can our youth show their dissent, even by shouting, if not in the streets? The information that they receive daily, via the newspapers and television broadcasts, is screened. It is a tool in the hands of the groups in power, used to ensure that they stay in power. The youth is well aware of this fact. For them, however, all that remains are the far too frequent attacks and beatings. What the politician and his paid journalists get, instead, is protection provided by his men, the escort and the blue cars. The crowd in Piazza Maggiore was made up of families with small children, not dangerous terrorists.
I also saw this same feeling reflected in the eyes of the elderly people beaten by the Police at Savignano Irpino. Dazed, confused and incredulous pensioners, who had most certainly never before been beaten up by young men in uniform. Those elderly people were protesting against the destruction of their land, which, by the way, is also your land doctor Manganelli. They could not understand why Bassolino, the co-architect of the chaos, was still in power as Governor of the Campania Region, for the same reason that no red-blooded Italian understands why or, for that matter, finds it unacceptable. They could not understand the blows, the truncheon blows or, for that matter, the bloodshed.
I also saw this same feeling reflected in the eyes of the mother and father of Federico Aldrovandi when I met them, a little boy beaten to death by a street patrol. I heard it in the statements made by the people tortured at Bolzaneto and in the “Mexican butchery” that is the Diaz school.
You may well object, claiming that these are mere episodes, a case of a few bad apples in the bunch and, to all intents and purposes, you may well be right. In the calendar of Lay Saints, on the list of those that have given their lives for an honest Italy, which I publish each year on my blog, the State Police is first in line. Hundreds of Policemen have got themselves killed in order to establish the rule of law in Italy.
On 8 September last year, I was in Bologna for the V Day celebrations. Piazza Maggiore and the adjoining side streets were filled with some 150,000 people. No helmets to be seen, no shields, no men in uniform standing in front of the podium. No incidents, neither before nor after, nor during the demonstration, which went on for something like ten hours. There was, however, much anger being vented against a shameless political class and against the duly convicted criminals seated in Parliament. The same people that your men arrested in the past. And against the statute-barred offenders that your men have unfortunately been unable to arrest, thanks to the made to measure laws. Most of these people, condemned and statute-barred, will continue to hold their posts as senators and deputies, even after the upcoming elections.
As you are well aware, they will be elected automatically, thanks to the elimination of the preferential vote. As a result of the cancellation of an electoral law that was voted for by the majority of Italians. Were they able to choose, there is no way that the voters would ever elect these people.
Politics cannot hide behind a problem of public law and order. The State Police must not be allowed to become the armed wing of those that have destroyed the Country so as to avoid having to face the citizens. I am not sure that the Police Force deserves this, but nor does the Italian population. I wait in anxious anticipation for your response, which I undertake to publish on this blog. Kindest regards.” Beppe Grillo

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They should have left the man alone!

Posted by: VTFootballGrad | April 7, 2008 08:21 PM

I'm always sad when I read words like this. Wouldn't the world be better if we all treated each other with esteem?

Posted by: sikantis | April 6, 2008 03:44 AM


Don´t heckle and you won´t be... whackled!

Posted by: D. Marchi | April 6, 2008 01:35 AM

What do you expect from a policeman called Manganelli? Is this a sick joke or what?

Posted by: Mark | April 5, 2008 12:47 PM

Avanti Beppe!

Posted by: Mason Español | April 5, 2008 07:31 AM

There is a need a for a centre monitoring the misinformation churned out and embedded in people's brains by news, talk-shows and commentaries. Abolishing the "order of journalists" is OK but useless without such a centre. "Order" or not, the same journalists will still be working for the same people owning media. With a group monitoring their activities and pointing out to people their inaccuracies and how they're putting forth their masters' agendas will keep them honest to some degree. As it now stands, no one is there to sound the alarm when important issues are obscured or distorted. The internet could be the means exposing such media abuses on a daily basis. This centre for media monitoring could also be used as a rallying point for all internet users who want to keep the internet open and free. Check-out

Posted by: LP | April 5, 2008 04:27 AM

La polizia è sempre stata dalla parte dei governanti contro i governati, non è una novità.

Posted by: Duilio C. | April 5, 2008 01:07 AM

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