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Italy: 150 refugees stuck on Diciotti ship start hunger strike

Italy, August 25: Some 150 refugees stuck on board the coast guard ship Diciotti in the Sicilian port of Catania  have started a hunger strike. They are blocked from disembarking by the Italian government. They have been in the port for the last five days. The Italian government is demanding that other European nations take in the people aboard the vessel.

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Italy Launches Criminal Investigation Against Rescuers

Official statement by investigated Iuventa Crew members.

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#Antifa Italy: The “Government of Change” is still anti-Working Class

In Naples, in early June, a Malian man was shot by three youths in a drive by shooting. As they fired they chanted “Salvini, Salvini”. Matteo Salvini leader of the League (formerly the Northern League) only got 17% of the vote in Italy’s election but in the new “government of change” in coalition with the Five Star Movement has become Minister of the Interior. This is an ideal role for him to play his racist card.

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#Ventimiglia open city: 10 thousand marched against the borders

On Saturday a demonstration of 10 thousand people marched  through the city of Ventimiglia: an impressive mass of people against the borders and against barbarism, in a place symbolizing the atrocity by migratory policies in recent years.

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#Turin: police breaks into #Askatasuna Occupied Social Centre, 15 precautionary measures & 9 arrests for #Mayday 2017

Turin, July 13, 2018: Statement by CSOA Askatasuna, about the police operation against the social center in Turin, Italy, resulting in 15 precautionary measures and 9 arrests for May Day 2017.

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Italian and Polish neo-nazis join forces to patrol beaches to “protect women from migrants”

The members of Italian far-right party Forza Nuova (FN), in coalition with Polish neo-nazi group National Radical Camp (Obóz Narodowo-Radykalny, ONR), launched beach patrols in order to “protect women and children from migrants” in the Italian town Rimini. Additionally, the fascists intend to conduct separate patrols in the Iown, against “migrant drug dealers”.

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#Catania (Italy): In solidarity with Studentato 95100

On Monday June 25, it was suddenly announced that the occupied student housing block in Catania (studentato 95100) would be evicted, on grounds of public order.

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#Rome: You cannot evict the feminist city! (Video Documentary)

In the past months repression against social centers in Rome and other cities at the Italian territory has increased. Now the state also targets feminist social spaces and women’s anti-violence centers in Rome. A video documentary (with English subs).

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Italy/France: Crossing the border – March against the frontiers

300 march across the Italian border at Montgenevre.

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Interview – Another vision of sport: The red gyms of the Palestre Popolari in Italy

In Italy Palestre Popolari (popular gyms) a.k.a. red gyms are going strong, in Rome alone you can find seven. All of them in squatted buildings. The range of disciplines vary depending on the politics of the specific social centre and its organizers. For example, if you go to Centro Sociale la Torre (a small squatted farm filled with children) the kind of activities you find in the gym are Capoeira, juggling, aerial acrobatics, Chinese pole and archery. Basically it is the needs of the community, and the original discipline of the trainers, that broadly shape the nature of a popular gym.

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