FAKE!: A Brief History of Some "Famous"
Quotations Ascribed to Ya Basta!
By the same informal group of white overalls
that wrote the document at: http://www.uk.indymedia.org/display.php3?article_id=6746
Two days ago we posted a rather lengthy document
dealing with the campaign of defamation organized by some people who
call themselves "anarchists". After that, some comrades got
in touch and told us it would be worth explaining the origins of some
quotations the slanderers attached to their texts as "evidence"
of Ya Bastas wicked attitudes. Those quotations were either distorted
by snatching them out of their context, or even utterly fake, like thisone,
which is the most controversial:
"The squatters of Turin are standing
far away from us who are discussing things with the institutions and
are working on projects and initiatives. They just occupy the social
centres to live there and to isolate themselves from the rest of society.
Yesterday Valentino Castellani (the Mayor of Turin) phoned me to ask
my help. We did make an appointment."
(Interview of Luca Casarini, April 1998).
Luca Casarini is one of the spokespersons for
the social centres of North East Italy, and never stated anything likethat,
nor did he meet the Mayor of Turin.
A brief summary:
On March 5th 1998 police investigations on "eco-terrorist"
bombings caused the violent eviction of some anarcho-insurrectionists
from three squatted flats in Turin. Three comrades were arrested. The
day after anarchists rioted in the centre of the town and smashed shop
windows. Seven demonstrators were detained by the police for a few hours.
The media raised moral panic on "squatters" (using the English
term instead of the usual Italian one "occupanti") as folk
devils. Things got worse on March 28th,when one of the arrested anarchists,
Edoardo Massari aka "Baleno" [Sparkle] committed suicide in
prison. On April 3 anarchists attending Balenos funeral assaulted
and beat up seven journalists. One of them got hospitalized in serious
condition. On April 4th 5,000 people (from the anarchist movement, the
social centres and the left) demonstrated in Turin and broke the windows
of the Tribunal. A few weeks later another anarchist prisoner killed
herself, Maria Soledad Rosas aka "Sole" [Sun], Baleno
girlfriend, whom the magistrates had prevented
from attending the funeral.
From all points of view, it was a terrible story
and a textbook case of repression based upon the short-circuit between
media sensationalism and our eternal "emergency laws". It
happened to an easy target, the perfect ready-made folk devil for the
media, i.e. a current of the anarchist movement that was in very bad
terms with every other leftist milieu and squatters network, and
charged virtually anybody with being "reformist", "sold
out", "greedy" [bottegaio], "corrupted", "fluffy"
Anyway, everybody in the antagonist scene expressed
(and practiced) their solidarity, and accused the police and the Turin
public prosecutor. Everybody including the social centres of North East
Italy and all the social centres where the white overalls and Ya Basta!
originated from. Although there were macroscopic differences between
Turins anarchists and us, it didnt take words to make them
clear, nobody accepted any sensational division between "good squatters"
and "bad squatters".
Centro Sociale Leoncavallo (the Milanese cradle
of white overalls) wrote:
"It is notorious that our methods and
contents are different
We havent been able to set up a national
political network either. And yet, this is not important since we are
facing a sinister process that is building an European space of constraint
rather than freedom. We will take part in the demonsration in Turin,
and bring the same contents we brought in front of prisons all over
Italy, many other times, too many times. Well be there with rage"
Centro Sociale Corto Circuito (the most important
Ya Basta!-oriented squat in Rome) wrote:
"They evict us, they attack us, they
bust us, they put us in prison and now they even suicide
us. The murder of Edo, a brother of ours, is the result of the criminal
tendency to constrain all social conflict into the articles of our Penal
Code. Nowadays, just like yesterdays, emergency culture kills!"
The social centres of the Charta of Milan took
part to the national demo of April 4th. This is undeniable.
In those days ANSA (the biggest Italian press-agency) played cut &
paste with sentences by Luca, added new words and put the above-quoted
"statement" into circulation. In plain words, it was - and
still is - a fake. Luca immediately sent out an official denial, which
was forwarded to the Balenos comrades in Turin. They chose to
ignore it and believe the version of a bourgeois medium. After three
years, the fake statement surfaced as "evidence" of absurd
smears written by some people who like to call themselves anarchists.
Another slandering tactic by "Sandra K."
consists in quoting people who dont belong to Ya Basta! and have
nothing to do with the white overalls. For example one Grazia Francescato,
a former leader of the WWF, who is now a parliamentary for the Green
Party but happens to belong to the internal centre-right wing, which
is hostile to social centres. This is the quote:
"A Davos we have, along with Josef Bove,
the leader of theFrench farmers, taken the megaphone inviting to isolate
those who were chopping windows. We did succeed, with the help of the
youngsters of the social centres of Mestre [...] I did meet the boys
of the social centres of Mestre and Padova who were taken by Manconi
(ex-secretary of the Green Party). I spoke with them, I told them that
at the first violent action they would been chased away; after that
I did listen to their reasoning. As a matter of fact in Davos they stood
at our side, they didnt throw any molotovs". (Interview
of Grazia Francescato, parliamentary and leader of the Green party in
the daily Corriere della Sera of 25 may 2000).
This is pathetic. As a matter of fact, the white
overalls NEVER threw molotovs, for it isnt part of our strategy
of civil disobedience. The fact that somebody exchanged a few words
with Francescato and the fact that no molotov was thrown are completely
unrelated. There was absolutely no "help" in "isolating"
anyone. Another bizarre trick consists in quoting innocuous, trivial
statements, as if they were to cause a great stir. Heres one:
"In the antique shop we find the remains
of revolutionary traditions that passed by in the history of the XXth
century: the communist one, the anarchist, the workerist and other ones.
Lets look at them, disillusioned because of what they are: fragments
of a time passed by that, with all their splendor and misery, victories
and defeats, cant return anymore, cant be reconstructed"
(from an statement on line by the redaction of Radio Sherwood, spring
Whats so shocking? One may disagree with
our opinion, but we stick to each and every word, for we think we all
are to go beyond traditional ideologies and beyond the XXth century.
Now you can see that all defaming rumors circulating
about Ya Basta! and the white overalls are completely false and groundless.
One may only speculate about the intentions of those who diffused them.
As we wrote in our previous document, in Italy we are witnessing dangerous
alliances between old Leninist die-hards and some people who like to
call themselves "anarchists", alliances that are based upon
hatred and fear. These people are scared by social change and the ongoing,
uncontrollable re-composition of the movement. They certainly dont
give a fuck about fighting global capitalism, blocking the G8 summit
in Genoa, defending the rights of migrants and so on
all their time and efforts to fight Ya Basta! Please do not trust them,
and stay away from them: theyre so full of shit they could explode
at any moment.
La lucha sigue