Tute Bianche: "REVOLT'S FIREMEN"
The "tute bianche" (white overalls) are already well known
in the European and American protest movement, being well recognizable
with their uniform and protection pads in the frontlines. They undeniably
showed their reformist and reactionary core to the worldwide movement
in several occasions, but still they fail to get the adequate response
we should give them. That's why we consider necessary to spread info
on them, their tactics, and their lies.
The tute bianche/ Ya Basta! movement comes
out of the bigger and more sold out social centers of northern Italy,
like Leoncavallo in Milano, Rivolta in Mestre and Pedro in Padova.
Just giving a good look at these places it's easy to understand how
the t.b. can't be other than reformist: here you find never-ending
compromises with authority, collaboration with political parties,
big events described as "do it yourself", well defined hierarchies
With their statements and their actions tute bianche play a hard-looking
role, and are desperately trying to have more adepts among those opposing
globalization, but they cannot hide the truth of their relationship
with green and leftist parties ( actually, many of the Giovani Comunisti,
youth section of the Italian party Rifondazione Comunista, are part
of t.b.) and of their own involvement in politics (some of their leaders
like Casarini and Farina took part more than once in elections, even
in the 2001 ones, and are those same going on TV to declare war to
the police for the Genoa G8, but in this days they are 'contracting
the demo' with the Italian Foreigner Ministry Ruggiero!). Can we consider
politicians on our same side of the barricades?
We think not, even if they wear balaclavas
to look cool and hard, or speak of battles against power to get our
What, in our opinion, the tute bianche are
doing is to reduce the conflict, mediating to get compromise solutions,
considering political parties and institutions as referring: tute
bianche are a sedative revolt we don't need. We think we cannot and
we have not to give a hand to the enemy. If tute bianche do it (and
they are doing it), well, so, they are our enemies, revolt's firemen,
which are throwing water on the fire. They always talk about "Seattle-style
protests" but we saw them in action many times in Italy, and
the show is alwaysthe same.
Part one: they declare war, fill their mouths
with big words and say they will siege and close down any meeting/forum.
Part two: they ask for permitted marches and
collaborate with police and political parties taking part in the protests.
Part three: they appear at marches with their
pads, helmets and protections, display in the frontlines, take care
that nobody has the insane idea to do something else (above all to
smash banks' or multinationals' windows) and that the march can have
place without any "problems".
Part four: here is where they try to get revolutionary
credibility... clashes with police! They use to confront police at
the end of the route with plastic shields and no offensive object,
pushing in order to pass the "red line". But these clashes
are fake ones! They usually take place when most protesters have gone
away, but TV cameras are still present, and last just a few minutes.
Moreover police don't use tearing gas, which is their favorite arm
during clashes or riots. What these coordinated clashes work for is
to build consensus on their façade of hard core protesters,
while giving no hassle to power in practice. Their aim is to catch
more and more potentially angry people, willing to practically attack
power and its meetings, and take them on a do-nothing-and-look-at-
us fluffy side.
Another important role they play during protests
is also that of white-dressed cops. Many times the tute bianche tried
to isolate, demask or physically attack those who passed to action.
In May 2000, at the biotech forum Tebio (Genoa) protests, they even
distributed a leaflet with a sort of "12 commandments" to
follow during the march. Commandment number 2 read "nobody can
put in practice spontaneous acts of any kind", while number 11
similarly stated that "during the march no personal or collective
action has to occur" and number 8 that "you can throw nothing
that has not been decided by the organizers". And they also didn't
forget an invite to grass with commandment number 12, inviting "to
inform tute bianche of anything happening". On that occasion
these white cops couldn't stop a block determined to attack directly
the capitalism temples during the march, but some days later they
went to the squat that hosted this block to threaten them for having
ruined their show . More examples come from Ancona, where in May 2000
they lined between anarchists and cops, or Bologna, where a couple
of months earlier at an anti-fascist demo they preferred the usual
fake clashes rather than attacking fascists.
Did you ask yourself why tute bianche's actions
are always well known and also appreciated by the press and politicians?
The discussion around that is deeply felt in Italy, if you have a
look at the www.ecn.org/movimento (a sort of mailing exchange) you
will see many people criticizing and attacking tute bianche. Their
appearance gives you the feeling that they are a valid and revolutionary
movement. What they really do is to convert the protest into an institutional
compromise, a show for the media, reducing all to look for 'social
peace'. That's what they do, they are, day by day, killing the protest.
It is clear that t.b. are a dangerous infiltration
in the revolutionary and protest movement, and a big obstacle for
real fight against capitalist power. It is time for worldwide comrades
to know it, in order not to do again the error of collaboration and
complicity. Actually, it is time to get rid of them!
Knowing that they'll try to lead the Genoa
G8 protests, and are already preparing their show... will you take
a part in it, or will you ruin it with revolt?
Some rebels (Italians)