One flew over the strikebreaker’s nest

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Ignazio La Russa has deployed the army. Three thousand soldiers in the cities of Italy. If before this, the law enforcers always went around in twos, now they go around in fours. Two soldiers and two carabinieri or police. The mixed teams are already at work. In Milan, where Piazza del Duomo is controlled not unlike Kabul (there’s even the dog and his controller), in the first two days there have been three actions by the army, all decisive.
- First intervention: a man uses his elbow to smash a the glass of a fire alarm in the metro. “A patrol of police and military from the army arrived rapidly on the spot(*)". The guilty one was identified and denounced.
- Second intervention: two young people on a scooter didn’t stop when told to do so by a police car “The scooter was blocked by carabinieri and military in a mixed patrol at the “delle Cave” park. The chase started in via Forze Armate (where else? [editor]) and ended when the scooter entered the green space. Once inside the park, however the two youngsters got a flat rear tyre and while they were pushing the scooter towards the exit they were blocked and identified by the new mixed patrols of carabinieri and military (*).”
- Third intervention: a drunk was arguing with a shopkeeper “Military at work even in via Padova, where they are patrolling together with police officers. Yesterday they intervened to sort out an argument. But the intervention in this case was minimum. It was enough for the soldiers to turn up and bring back the calm(*)."
The deputy mayor “camerata” Riccardo De Corato was exultant: We have obtained the first important results, both in terms of deterrent and in terms of bringing back the serenity and the quiet life in problematic areas.”
The Police have always less money, they don’t have petrol for the police cars and overtime is not paid. This is why they bring out the army because the State has a ragged arse. And they make out that cuts in Police funding are increasing security. The Army is used like the strikebreakers of once upon a time.
At the Venice Film Festival the police won’t be there. The police officers have not yet received a euro for overtime in 2007 done during double shifts. If they are not paid they will not go to the Lido.
The Ministry instead of euros proposes “compensatory repose”. The 200 officers will probably be substituted by parachutists of the Brigata Paracadutisti Folgore. Cacciari has already said he is OK with that in the name of governability. One flew over the strikebreaker’s nest
(*) Corriere della Sera, 6 August 2008

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