Following the official revelations of last month concerning the role of
the "Italian intelligence services" in Iraq, the last fig leaf of
Italy’s inactive participation in the invasion of Iraq has been taken
away. Any possible fig leaf about passive acceptance of the "shock and
In Naples, as everywhere else in Italy on 18 October, the general strike
called by the Cgil trade union federation got support from a wide range
of other organisations like Cobas, Sin.Cobas, the unemployed movement,
the ’No Globals’, students and others.
As all the first-hand reports make abundantly clear, 16 April 2002 in
Italy was a day like no other. The first 8 hour general strike in the
country for 20 years was solid. The response to the strike call
surpassed all expectations. Just over 8 million workers are members of a
union yet over 13 million people struck work...
The ‘SME’ case now running in the Milan courts, which includes il
Presidente del Consiglio, Silvio Berlusconi, among the defendants, may
never get to the stage where it sentences him to prison, as happened
with his lawyer Cesare Previti in a previous and related case. However,
Half a million people demonstrated in bright Spring sunshine on the
streets of Rome last Saturday, 12 April. A record-breaking peace banner
in the colours of the rainbow - one kilometre long and 13 metres wide –
made its way through the centre of Italy’s capital. Numerous groups of
young people and workers...
The many hundreds of thousands of Italian protesters were joined by tens
of thousands of foreign participants in the European Social Forum
assembly and by others, like the French CGT union, who came to Italy
especially for this demonstration.
Today (October 5) 10,000 people, mainly youth, took part in an anti war
demonstration called by the Florence Social Forum. This was part of a
national day of action which saw over sixty demonstrations and cultural
events taking place all over Italy. The demonstration takes place as
Italy is preparing to send one...