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EYFA NETWORK NEWS June 2009 .on G8 '09


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.on G8 '09

This summer from July 8-10 another G8 summit is planned in Italy. For a
long period of time it was eerily quiet on the activist front and assumed
was that most Italians were too busy battling the daily repression of the
fascist Italian state (we think we can declare it now officially as
fascist). But over the last months a multitude of initiatives have popped
up that plan to counter the upcoming summit and there were a range of
successful protests against the G8 preparatory ministers' meetings. In
this newsletter we try to summarize the late developments and look ahead
with the question on how to support our fellow activists in Italy.


*1. Genoa 2001 – L'Aquila 2009
*2. Students and farmers rear their heads in the run-up
*3. How to support
*4. Links

*1. Genua 2001 – L'Aquila 2009

It's been 8 years since the last G8 summit in Italy but the images of
Genoa lie still fresh in peoples' memory. The picture of 23 year-old Carlo
Giuliani shot dead by the Carabinieri went all over the world. All charges
against the cop that pulled the trigger were dropped in a shady process.
The night-time police raid on the Diaz school, used as sleeping space, had
62 protesters hospitalized (incl three comatose). In a trial that lasted
until the end of 2008 twenty eight police officers were accused of
indicting grievous bodily harm (a blood bath) and planting evidence to
legitimize their attack on the sleeping protesters. None of the convicted
operational police commanders went to jail as their offences were expired.

There has been no justice, and for activists in Italy even lesser peace.
The coalition led by Berlusconi brought neo-fascist parties back in power,
nicely blended with a neoliberal economical program (nothing new though).
The populist extreme-right is gaining voters all over Europe but in Italy
the racist police state is already in full affect targeting migrants and
the political left. This government is hosting the next G8 summit bringing
together the heads of state of France, UK, US, Japan, Germany, Russia,
Canada, and Italy.

Initially the plan was to host the respected world leaders on the small
island La Maddalena (Sardinia) but it was later moved to L'Aquila as a way
of showing Berlusconi's desire to help the region of Abruzzi after the
earthquake that hit it on the 6th of April. On the agenda there are
climate, resources, food and migration – as security political risks for
the industrial countries. Normally no subject for G8 summits, Berlusconi
in addition wants to drive forward the 'regulation of the internet.' &

The earthquake in L'Aquila killed 300 people and the majority of survivors
are accommodated in provisional tents. Besides a supposed saving of costs
the summit is transferred to L'Aquila to prevent protests: "I don´t
believe that anti-globalists will have the courage to organize violent
demonstrations in this earthquake-stricken region", Berlusconi stated.
Leftist groups and activists  are already present though in the Abruzzi
region right from the start supporting the victims of the quake. They have
taken matters into their own hands, in operating large kitchens, in
providing further infrastructure as well as in delivering material aids
and healthy food. The camp kitchen in San Bagio was already on the first
day named after Carlo Giuliani.

Meanwhile there is the appeal 'Appropriate the mountains, bury G8!'
calling upon the 'Global Multitude' to seize the opportunity in the
Abruzzi region to build 'sustainable, forward thinking communities.' The
group Diggers 2.0 calls for 'Solidarity out of the ruins of
Neoliberalism': &#8232;"We need solutions of the crisis from down below,
an opposing power of social movements with a shovel in its hand getting
ready to build a post-capitalist world."

*2. Students and farmers rear their heads in the run-up

As traditionally in the run-up to the meeting of the heads of state there
are the smaller meetings of ministers of the different ministerial
departments – e.g. agriculture, education, or justice & home affairs. Over
the last three months these ministers' meetings were met with mass
protests and direct actions.

From April 18-20 there was an agriculture ministers' meeting in Treviso.
Before the meeting started a laboratory in Roncade for experiments with
genetically modified organisms was "sanctioned from below" (the
greenhouses and surveillance cameras were thrashed), and in another action
activists of the group called "Health and Environment" had written "NO
OGM" (no genetically modified organisms) into a field, which was unable to
be overlooked from an aerial view. There have further been  protest
initiatives and actions of anarchists, disobbedienti, and activists from
the social centers as well as the Italian federation of farmers,
demonstrating against environmental destruction, industrial agriculture,
Nano- and genetic technology. In Rome, workers in the field of agriculture
were on strike for eight hours.

From April 22-24 the environmental ministers met in Siracusa, Sicily.
There was a demonstration of 3000 people of which the mobilization process
led to a strong collaboration between a broad range of groups that will
continue coordinating together against speculation and environmental
destruction: starting with the fight against the erection of gas digesters
in the Petrochemie complex of Priolo-Augusta.

See for the report on events plus links:

On May 19 10.000 students blocked the city of Turin and battled the police
far into the Red Zone guarding the G8 University summit. Under the header
'The Perfect Wave' the protest was part of the European-wide 'Anomalous
Wave' – a fast growing network of students resisting cuts and reforms in
education and taking action. Despite massive amounts of tear gas the
students came close to the summit venue to denounce the illegitimate
university representatives inside and to underline that they would use
every occasion to overturn the crisis against those responsible for it.

At the meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs ministers, May 28-30 in
Rome, 5000 people demonstrated against their racist migration politics –
this meeting originally scheduled on Lampedusa had been postponed quickly
after riots in the refugee camps. One week before 15000 people had been
already on the streets in Milano to show their protest against the Italian
security decrees.

... and there is more coming up.

*3. How to support

1) Hitchike, cycle, hop on a bus or train to Italy but note that the
Italian authorities plan to restore border controls by suspending the
Schengen Treaty from 28 June to 15 July. This proposal has been formally
given by the Minister of Home Affairs Roberto Maroni on May 30 during the
final media conference of the Justice and Home Affairs Ministers' meeting.
So... take care of how you dress, and what you take on you and expect to
be stop and searched.

2) Organize or join local decentralized actions or demos.

On July 4 a big demonstration is planned in Berlin 'Quake G8 2009 – We are
your crisis!'. They are specifically calling for pushing ahead the
transnational struggle against the „architectures of security" no matter
if they shall be constructed by NATO, G8 or the EU.

3) Organize solidarity actions in the aftermath. Our movements are build
on solidarity and we should never forget those that ended up in the
prisons of the state.

*4. Links

Best is to keep an eye on that gives updates on a
regular basis on the site and via their newsletters.

Here you can find an overview of links and when scrolling down an immense
collection of mobilisation posters:

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