Category Archives: Student Struggles

The Occupy Movement in Bologna challenges president Giorgio Napolitano (by InfoAut)

On 30 January 2012 the Occupy Movement in Bologna – alongside with the universitary and secondary-school CUA and CAS students’ collectives and the Laboratorio Occupato Crash autonomous social centre – promoted a day of action against the government’s austerity measures and the awarding, by the local University, of an honorary degree in International Relations to Giorgio Napolitano – Italy’s President. Continue reading

Occupy Everywhere, Occupy Everything! November 17

…And here we go again! Italy’s streets were put under occupation once again today, as part of the “International Student’s Day”, originally created to commemorate the students deported by the Nazi regime after a protest in Prague. Thousands of college and university students all over Italy took to the streets to protest against the progressive dismantling and privatisation of the education system and the new measures announced by the government. There were in several towns and cities, with often violent clashes with the police. Here’s a summary on some of the biggest protests, based on communiques and articles published on InfoAut: Continue reading

From the occupied Faculty of Humanities, Bologna

Fourth year of the crisis: the Autumn of The Struggles is building up. First the huge international day of struggle on October 15 called by the Spanish indignados; then November 11, promoted by the American Occupy movement: a second, fundamental stage of the mobilisations against the elites of global finance. “Eat the rich”, “We are the 99%”, “Occupy everywhere” are some of the slogans that have echoed throughout the world. Continue reading

The fall of the empire

Last night a huge crowd gathered outside the Quirinale where Berlusconi was giving his resignation to President Napolitano. Berlusconi was welcomed by shouts of “buffoon”, “mafioso” and Resistance songs. At 21.42pm, when the news was officially announced, wild partying began, and quickly spread to other areas of the city centre. Continue reading

#11Nov – Occupy Everything (for real!)

“What’s going on today, why is everything occupied?!”.                                      Video by LaBComBologna. Nice one!

Italy Calling

NO TAV / Genoa / Naples / Other News

NO TAV
The 4 activists arrested on 3 July following the NO TAV protests in Chiomonte were all released a few days ago – the Tribunal decided the preventative arrests were an excessive measure and replaced it with home arrests for Gianluca, Salvatore, Roberto, and Marta. Support for their case doesn’t stop here though – the final goal is to see them completely free of all allegations and restrictions. Continue reading

More arrests in Florence and Milan

Florence: just about a month after the events of May 4th (5 arrests and 22 banning orders among students involved in last autumn’s revolts) another raid on June 13th concluded with another 7 arrests and 9 banning orders. The measures applied to the arrestees are if possible even stricter than for the previous arrests: 6 people are under “home arrest” and can’t communicate with anyone apart from people they live with. An activist from Milan was arrested simply for taking part in the big solidarity demo against the arrests of May 4th. In total, more than 90 people are now under arrest or investigation, and this includes people of all ages, from secondary school to university students. Continue reading