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April 25: Proposal for liberation

Italy, April 3, 2020. For a few weeks now, almost three billion people have been forced into house arrest. In Italy, as in other parts of the world, the first people who rebelled against the worsening of their conditions to survive, the people in prison, have been repressed with deaths and injuries.

Originally published by The Plague and the Fire. Translated by Enough14.

While science proposes conflicting theses, part of the science community claims that the quarantine period, although in alternating phases, will last at least until next year. The state, however, has already chosen which truth should be advertised to justify the measures taken. Forced isolation at home is being prolonged, the only proposal made to the population is to obey and wait by monitoring and self-surveillance… but for how long?

For the time being, the end of the measures has been postponed until April 13, but there will most likely be further extensions…

April 25th is the Day of Liberation. Liberation not only from Nazi-Fascism, but from all forms of oppression.
The oppression of life in a world where movements are continuously controlled and monitored, with checkpoints, soldiers everywhere, drones, cameras, electronic bracelets. The oppression of being individually considered as the anointing of the sick if we do not respect the law and think that sociality and the possibility of getting out are not transferable in exchange for the security of survival.
The oppression of living in terror of the invisible, because the problem is not the virus, but the ecological and social conditions in which it spreads.

The problem is climate change that changes natural cycles, it is urban overcrowding, it is the standardization of food and immune responses, it is the speed of movement over the entire surface of the earth. We were told that we would have to accept these problems, exchange our obedience for a certain security.
These certainties have failed…

This virus, after the economic and environmental disaster, is the last disaster – to date – of a society imposed on us, a society based on domination, quantitative accumulation and exploitation of the planet, animals, humans and others.

For this reason we propose – in the hope of overcoming events – that we return to the streets on April 25th in as many places as possible to meet again, facing fear, fighting widespread surveillance, attacking the irresponsible rhetoric that sees us all as contagious. With the intention that it will not be an isolated day, we want to escape from quarantine, accepting the consequences of our actions, covering our faces for the free choice to protect ourselves and others and also because things could take place with the freedom of anonymity that normally would be unthinkable…

Remaining passive spectators of the disaster by accepting imprisonment will not prevent the occurrence of new disasters, if anything it will prolong the agony we already experience. We can remain confident and obey while the world continues to be a place where life is denied between total control, destroyed sociality and ecological disaster. Or identify the causes of this disaster, stop obeying and act to prevent dystopia from continuing.

And to finally experience the possibility of liberation…


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