received by sysiphus
In May 2011 the inhabitants of the Val Susa valley (Piedmont region, northern Italy) occupied the construction yard in Chiomonte, where the works for the implementation of the Turin-Lyon high speed railway line were due to start. The occupation of the site, which was named ‘Free Republic of Maddalena’, had been a liberated territory for more than a month. According to some of the occupiers, whose firm intention was to prevent the devastating works from being carried out in the valley, the struggle against the high speed railway project, known as TAV, was also ‘a struggle against the dominant class that wants it, defends it and imposes it’.
On Sunday June 26 a massive police deployment was sent to evict the site. There followed violent clashes, which saw a number of injured among both the occupiers and the forces of order and which concluded with the eviction of the Chiomonte construction yard occupation.
A day of protest was called for Sunday July 3 in the area surrounding the site. More than 50,000 people gathered in order to take back the territory occupied by the government troops. The response of the police was even more violent than the previous week: teargas, rubber bullets and brutal charges were continuously and massively employed to stop the protest. Four people were arrested and severely beaten. They are still being held in prison awaiting trial.
Here are the addresses of the arrested comrades:
Casa Circondariale “Lo Russo e Cutugno”
Via Pianezza 300