thousands protest squatters' death & arrests in Turin, Italy FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Mon, 13 Apr 1998 08:14:23 -0700 (PDT)


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http://www.infoseek.com/Content?arn=a1792LBY347reulb-19980403&qt=%2Bturin+%2Bsqu
atters&lk=lb&col=NX&kt=A&ak=news1486

ITALY PM CONCERNED BY ANARCHIST VIOLENCE IN TURIN

12:49 p.m. Apr 03, 1998 Eastern

TURIN, Italy, April 3 (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi said
on Friday he was extremely concerned about violent protests by hoards of
young anarchists in the northern industrial city of Turin.

Bands of anarchists have wreaked havoc in the city centre in recent weeks
-- rampaging through the streets, vandalising shops and occupying public
buildings.

``I'm very concerned,'' Prodi told Italian television from London, where he
is attending a summit. ``These types of problems reveal areas of deep
discontent which can only worry the government.''

The anarchists have been dubbed ``squatters'' by the Italian media for
their long-term occupation of a number of abandoned public buildings on the
edge of the city centre which they have turned into makeshift social
centres.

Tensions between ``squatters'' and local authorities have flared in recent
weeks following attempts to close down some of the centres and after the
arrest of three of their members.

The dispute came to a head over the weekend following the suicide of one of
the detained anarchists, Edoardo Massari.

His funeral on Thursday was marred by scuffles between his companions and
journalists, who had been asked to stay away from the ceremony.

Massari's death has sparked sympathy protests in a number of other cities
across Italy.

A midnight vigil by some 200 ``squatters'' outside a prison in the central
city of Bologna in memory of Massari culminated in a pitched battle with
police on Thursday night.

A huge march is planned through the centre of Turin on Saturday to protest
against the continued imprisonment of Maria Soledad Rosas and Silvano
Pellissero who were arrested alongside Massari.


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http://www.infoseek.com/Content?arn=a0732LBY817reulb-19980404&qt=%2Bturin+%2Bsqu
atters&lk=lb&col=NX&kt=A&ak=news1486

5,000 MARCH IN TURIN OVER DETENTION OF ``SQUATTERS''

12:01 p.m. Apr 04, 1998 Eastern

     TURIN, Italy, April 4 (Reuters) - Around 5,000 people
protested in Turin on Saturday against the detention of two
anarchists in the latest flare-up over ``squatters'' in the
northern industrial city, police said.

     Witnesses said protesters threw missiles, injuring two
women, broke windows and daubed graffiti during the three-hour
protest, which took place under a heavy police presence.

     ``There were around 5,000 protesters...everything went off
calmly,'' a police spokesman said.

     Anarchists in Turin have occupied a number of abandoned
public buildings which they have turned into makeshift social
centres and have been dubbed ``squatters'' by the Italian media.

     Tensions flared following attempts to close down some of the
centres and after the arrest of three of their members.

     Last weekend a young activist, Edoardo Massari, committed
suicide in prison, sparking protests in a number of cities.

     Saturday's demonstration, which drew youths from all over
Italy, was in protest at the continued detention of two young
anarchists who had been arrested along with Massari.

     Bands of ``squatters'' have wreaked havoc in the centre of
staid Turin in recent weeks -- rampaging through the streets,
vandalising shops and occupying public buildings.

     Prime Minister Romano Prodi said on Friday he was very
concerned. ``These types of problems reveal areas of deep
discontent which can only worry the government,'' he said.


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http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/world/europe/newsid_74000/74132.stm
BBC World Service - World: Europe
Sunday, April 5, 1998 Published at 04:54 GMT 05:54 UK

ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST?

About five-thousand people have demonstrated in the northern Italian city
of Turin over the death of a young man, Edoardo Massari, who police say
committed suicide by hanging himself in his cell.

He was one of three anarchists, arrested on suspicion of taking part in the
attempted sabotage of a new high-speed railway line.

The BBC Rome correspondent says the demonstrators -- a mixture of punks,
hippies, anarchists and squatters -- made their way noisily through Turin,
shouting slogans, smashing windows, throwing paint and setting off powerful
fireworks.

They said Mr Massari's had been murdered by police.

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