Bolzaneto: interview with Giorgia Partesotti

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In Italy there is not (yet) the death penalty, but there is the right to torture. The crime of torture is not set out in our criminal code. In Bolzaneto unarmed young people were hit, threatened, tortured. If at least the actual perpetrators are put on trial, those with political responsibility are for ever safe, in the Government and in the Lower House. They will never go on trial.

”My name is Giorgia and I come from Padua. Seven years ago I was 20 years old and I went to the G8. I left home thinking I would visit another city that I’d never seen, where there was the seaside, spending a bit of time with my friends, then however I found myself in the middle of a massive demonstration that seemed more like a war. I found myself in the middle of the “black block”, burned out rubbish bins, cars jumping into the air, urban warfare, I was not used to that. I had never done such a big demonstration. On Saturday, the next to the last day of the demonstration after the death of Carlo Giuliani, I was going to try to pick up my backpack, and I found myself in the middle of a cordon, that the police had split into two, so the people had started to run away to the right and to the left. I had the misfortune to turn to the left and there the police started to move towards us and started to hit us and they took us to piazzale Kennedy. In piazzale Kennedy it was full of police and they asked us for our identity cards and they didn’t give them back. They loaded us onto a little truck. They brought us to the Fiera, the centre of the Carabinieri where they started to insult us, saying that they should rape us as they had done in Kosovo, that we were prostitutes and various things like that.


After that we stayed there I don’t know for how many hours. They tied our wrists together with plastic handcuffs. In the truck I was seated and behind me there were other young people who told me not to listen, leave it be, because they hit me with a cudgel, on my legs, arms and back. I had my hands in the air, I think my photo has been seen everywhere, in the newspapers, on the TV News with my hands in the air and with a cloth on my head for the tear gas. Behind me there was a guy from Morocco that I don’t know whether he is still alive. They took us to Bolzaneto; we were standing in the same position. They started hitting the guys dressed in black. They made them kneel in lines of 3 and they made them sing: "Faccetta nera". Those that didn’t understand because they were English were just hit. They sprayed pepper spray in the cells. We wanted to cry but we weren’t allowed to cry, we weren’t allowed to talk, we weren’t allowed to do anything.
At a certain point I sat down because I couldn’t stand any more and there was another guy at the side of me who was from Verona who if you are watching this video, please contact me. He was really destroyed because he was dripping blood, he couldn’t stand but they didn’t let him sit down … then there were loads of other guys who arrived with a broken foot, who couldn’t stand but had to stand up anyway , who needed a doctor for an insulin injection, but no doctor could come in, so you could hear him shouting out in pain all the time, there was one guy in a wheel chair who had been beaten as well.. Basically a series of things that were really not humane, in the end I don’t know after how long, they took our finger prints, they brought us together casually saying “what shall we give this one?” the other policeman responded “but we’ll put down a bit of everything, devastation, looting, offence to a public official” all accusations that I didn’t even know existed, I couldn’t ask because if I had asked they would have replied that I had to stay quiet.
After an interminable length of time, they got groups of us, they handcuffed us and they took us to the Varese prison. In comparison, the prison was a school outing because the officers of the prison knew that it was temporary and that we had done nothing and that we would have been released shortly. They treated us better. They gave us something to eat. Certainly it wasn’t a great experience. Then I was lucky as the arrest request for me arrived too late for the judicial timing. So after 4 hours of prison they let me go. In the end I was one of the victim-witnesses at the trial. I gave testimony and I recognised all those I had to recognise. It was emotional and that’s it. I never again want to go into a court of law for any reason.

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Caro Beppe,

ti scrivo perché vorrei che tutti conoscessero il film satirico "Bye Bye Belusconi" prodotto dalla SCHIWAGO FILM e presentato al film festival di Berlino nel febbraio 2006. I film è interamente disponibile su youtube (http://it.youtube.com/watch?v=EKNOya3ZfcI), ne consiglio vivamente la visione.

Concludo questo brevissio messaggio con la speranza che la libertà (d'informazione, riunione, pensiero e chi più ne ha piu ne metta!) possa di nuovo essere garantita ad ogni singolo cittadino italiano.

Cordialmente


Lidia M.

Posted by: Lidia Mariotti | August 4, 2008 02:22 PM


The humiliations and physical aggressions inflicted on Giorgina and other demonstrators by the henchmen of right-wing politicians reflect their mean, cowardly mind-sets. Like monkeys, perched on the high benches of power, they pretend not to see, hear or talk about what their cowardly and servile agents do to harmless human beings. They have their minions camouflaged as police officers and placed them in the folds of secret services, army, navy and air force and always ready, should the need arise, to summon skin-heads and nazi fanatics all over Italy. To be sure most soccer riots and the violence in demonstrations are orchestrated and provoked by extreme right-wingers whose political design is only to sow chaos, raise tensions and fuel the fears of the average citizen. The subtle, and not so subtle, rethoric of hate mouthed by certain politicians, media personalities and self-declared fascists is aimed at southerners, leftists, immigrants of all colors and religions. Fanatical "leghistas" are legislating racist laws while their leader reminds Italians of their contempt towards them and their nation by giving the finger to their national anthem. And what do the cowardly minions, hitters of women and unarmed men do? All in all? Nothing! So much for their patriotic flames and their italic courage. And how are they using their mandate to govern Italy? Destroy. Destroy the Constitution, allow crime to go unpunished, raid and wreck Italy's natural landscape, abuse the seas and disregard the toxic rivers flowing into them. Their crews of shock and destroy are at work all over Italy as they dream the mother of all their dreams: Benito's second coming.

Posted by: lou pacella | July 26, 2008 09:08 PM


New York, 22 luglio 2008

Io: americano, pugliese, pubblicitario e indignato.
Ecco perché non parteciperò mai più a dei bandi pubblici italiani per la comunicazione.

I fatti sono questi: il giorno 14 dicembre 2007 la Regione Puglia pubblica un bando per la comunicazione e la promozione del suo territorio in Italia e nel mondo. I soldi in gioco non sono pochi: 7 milioni di euro! E, trattandosi di soldi della Comunità Europea, sono tutti da spendere, come è ben chiarito nel bando, nel biennio 2007-2008.

E già qui, io che sono americano, forse ingenuo e forse idealista, ravviso la prima anomalia. Dalle mie parti, se qualcuno riceve dei finanziamenti pubblici e gli dicono che deve spenderli in un certo modo, lo fa.

Sarebbe come se il mio medico mi dicesse che per guarire dalla mia malattia devo prendere una certa medicina per due anni; e io decido di prendere le medicine solo il secondo anno, ma due alla volta.

Io ho un’agenzia di pubblicità a New York e una in Italia e tante agenzie appartenenti al nostro gruppo nei principali Paesi d’Europa. Sono cittadino americano e residente italiano. La mia famiglia è di origine pugliese, conosco, rispetto e amo la Puglia. Come avrei potuto non partecipare a questo bando? Così, insieme ai miei soci e alle agenzie del nostro system internazionale, ci siamo messi al lavoro: strategia, creatività, numeri, idee e carte. Tante carte, centinaia di carte, milioni di carte! Il giorno 11 febbraio 2008 si chiude il bando e 7 agenzie, oltre a noi, presentano la loro proposta. Che vinca il migliore, penso.

E qui, la seconda anomalia: scopro che in gara non ci sono solo agenzie di pubblicità e comunicazione, ma anche gruppi di editori ed emittenti televisive pugliesi. Strano, no? Dalle nostre parti, la comunicazione la fanno le agenzie di comunicazione. È come se per promuovere la vendita dei miei gelati nei bar di tutto il mondo, io chiedessi al bar sotto casa mia di farmi la campagna.

Ma arriviamo alla terza anomalia. È febbraio, l’estate si avvicina e le proposte dormono nei cassetti della Regione, sotto una calda coltre di polvere. Passano i mesi e la mia meraviglia cresce: come è possibile, chiedo da NY ai miei colleghi in Italia. Hanno perso la scorsa stagione, non vorranno perdere anche questa? Sì, vogliono perdere anche questa. Oggi, 20 di luglio del 2008, l’appalto per promuovere la Puglia nel biennio 2007-2008 non è ancora stato assegnato. Dopo l’apertura delle ultime buste, la classifica suscita qualche perplessità e strane ombre macchiano la certezza dell'assegnazione. E indovinate chi c’è in prima posizione? "Il bar sotto casa". Per dire, senza offesa, proprio l'impresa locale.

Non so se e quando verrà ufficializzata l’assegnazione del budget, ma so che spendere sette milioni di euro in spot televisivi, annunci stampa, spot radiofonici, volantini e brochure, tutto in una manciata di settimane di fine anno, è un affronto al buon senso. E per che cosa, poi? Per attirare in Puglia gli sciatori e gli amanti degli sport invernali di tutto il mondo?

Ecco le mie conclusioni: ho partecipato sapendo di poter vincere. Ma mettendo anche in conto di perdere. Non abbiamo perso, peggio: siamo stati esclusi per un vizio di forma. Stavamo per fare ricorso perché il nostro avvocato dice che i motivi della nostra esclusione non esistono. Ho fermato tutto e ho scelto di scrivere questa lettera. Non mi interessa essere complice di questo spreco di soldi. Mi interessa denunciarlo. Lo faccio da pubblicitario americano indignato, da residente italiano orgoglioso, da pugliese ferito. E mi chiedo: perché nessuno fa sentire la sua voce? La Comunità Europea non ha niente da dire vedendo come vengono usati i suoi soldi? E le associazioni dei pubblicitari italiani non sentono di dover difendere la loro professionalità?

So che quando aprirò i giornali americani vedrò le pubblicità delle altre regioni italiane. E so anche che quando atterrerò la prossima volta a Roma-Fiumicino vedrò grandi cartelli pubblicitari della Sicilia, della Toscana, ecc. E riderò quando arriverò a Bari Palese e, come sempre, ci saranno i cartelloni che promuovono il turismo in Puglia. Come al solito i soldi saranno spesi bene!

Ecco, detto fatto. Mi assumo le conseguenze del mio gesto. E auguro buon lavoro alle emittenti televisive e alle case editrici che, unite insieme in Associazione temporanea d’Imprese, vedranno aggiudicarsi il bando. Ad aspettarle, ci sono una manciata di settimane di duro lavoro! A produrre la campagna e a mandarla in onda sulle loro emittenti. Così almeno i Pugliesi sceglieranno l’anno prossimo di andare in vacanza in Puglia.

Paul Cappelli

Posted by: Paul Cappelli | July 26, 2008 01:54 AM


In actual fact Giovanni we are talking about democracy and not communism (the way communism has been applied in society is completely opposite of how it should have been done). I don't know who put you this wrong ideas in mind that we are communists the way you intend communism, may be the "psichonano"?

Posted by: Vincenzo Giannattasio Londra | July 26, 2008 12:59 AM


Bloody COMMUNISTS!!


Let's go to CUBA to see how "democracy" really works, rather tha talking nonsense here!!


In your view why Mr GRILLO has never talked about CASTRO's crimes against his opponents and refugees??

You are absolutely disgusting in your comments!!


SHAME ON YOU!!!

Posted by: Gi... o... v ...a... n n i V...E...S...T...R....I | July 25, 2008 09:41 PM


Sorry I didn't know about the miners and I didn't know that the police man who killed the brazilian here in London is still working! I just cannot believe it! Why all the bullish people get to work in the police? They should do some psichological testing before they employ them!! NON CE LA FACCIO PIU'!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Vincenzo Giannattasio London | July 25, 2008 05:37 PM


Hey, Vincenzo, don't use the UK as a righteous example... don't forget that Margaret Tatcher charged the miners with the mounted police and killed quite a bunch! And even recently, the police officer who shot the innocent Brazilian is still working happily in the Police Force...

Pal, you gotta look at local situations, nobody's is better... it's a friggin' mess, the European "democracy" -- yeah, tell me another story.

Posted by: The Crucifixer | July 25, 2008 04:29 PM


Amazing how, after 7-8 years, Italy is still trying to come to terms with the bloody Genoa mess!

Next, we'll have the desaparecidos thrown off into the Mediterranean from helicopters...

Posted by: The Crucifixer | July 25, 2008 04:24 PM


COME ON Georgia! I am with you! I feel deeply sorry for what happens in our nation and I would like they could show it on the BBC! That is dictatorship! I can understand that the police stops violent people but all that happened after is disgusting! In any european democracy the police men would have been tried and removed from their job! How can people respect the law if the people who are meant to defend the law behave in such manner and get away with it!!!

Love,

Vincent

Posted by: Vincenzo Giannattasio London | July 25, 2008 01:58 PM


Coraggio Giorgia sono con te'!!! E' proprio uno SKIFO!!!!
Hai fatto bene ad andare a vivere all'estero (come me 7 anni fa'). Non vale la pena vivere in una dittatura!!! Se fosse successo in Inghilterra li avrebbero banditi dall'albo dei carabinieri e cosi' in ogni altra democrazia europea! BEppE perfavore traduci il video in inglese questo all'estero lo devono vedere e fare una trasmissione sulla BBC!!!

Posted by: Vincenzo Giannattasio | July 25, 2008 01:43 PM


Hey, Straniero, so you're an Aussie mate?

I've stayed in Brisbane for a while, mate, many years ago... and I tellya, mate, Italian was far more common than English!

Now, all is changed, isn't it? gotta speak Cantonese, mate, and the beaches up North, mate, they all belong to the Japs now... Ya sellin' ur country, mate, just like Naomi predicted....

Keep fighting, Straniero, be good and fair dinkum!

Ciao

Posted by: The Crucifixer | July 25, 2008 01:24 PM


the whole thing was worst than Guantanamo

Posted by: FRANKIE HAT | July 25, 2008 11:03 AM


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