NOT ROTTEN APPLES
September 17th saw the start of the trial against our comrade Paska, accused of resistance and grievous bodily harm towards some of his jailers during a transfer.
A couple of pushes against a few of the escort screws was the least he could do after the treatment they had reserved for him on various occasions: the latest being the rally driving of the paddy wagon that caused him a strong blow to his head and ribs during the transfer of October 18th, 2018.
On the other hand, since his arrival at La Spezia the prison management had decided to arbitrarily reserve even more restrictive measures for him such as delaying mail, bans on meeting others, isolation up to the 14bis isolation regime level as well as being forbidden to go to the yard with the other prisoners.
That doesn’t surprise us. In the year 2018-2019 alone La Spezia prison boasts no less than 5 deaths out of about 230 prisoners, added to the acts of self-harm and beatings as a daily occurrence: the normality of a prison considered to be among the most progressive in Italy. It is, therefore, within the normal execution of their functions that escort guards Luigi Viziello and Stefano Cenderelli covered our comrade in insults, kicks and punches.
In a climate of constant fear and threats many prisoners avoid talking about their daily harassment for fear of repercussions. And when someone does decide not to stick to the rules of the game the medical staff take care of it – as in the case of Paska, Gouba Abdelatif and Giuseppe Landini – to complete the work of the thugs by liquidating what happened.
When asked to report the signs of beatings and ascertain the physical consequences, the doctors deny the evidence and dish out psychotropic drugs: yet another weapon to bow the will of those who rebel.
Unfortunately our comrade’s story is the normality of prison, a story of ordinary detention. The guards appearing as the injured party in this trial are not an exception, they are the most coherent and sincere representatives of every prison and its reason for being.
SOLIDARITY WITH PASKA
FIRE TO THE PRISONS
Note: Paska, like Giovanni and Ghespe, is actually under house arrest (since June 2019). They were arrested on August 3rd, 2017, in the context of a repressive operation against anarchists in Florence. On July 22nd, 2019, at the end of the trial for the “Panico” operation, Paska, Giovanni and Ghespe were sentenced to 9 years and 10 months, 9 years, 10 months and 15 days, and 9 years respectively.
The “Panico” trial is a combination of several legal proceedings, including the one linked to the “Panico” repressive operation of January 31st, 2017 (which involved three house arrests, some restrictions and searches with the main charge of “criminal association”) and the repressive operation of August 3rd, 2017, which involved eight arrests, searches and the eviction of the ‘La Riottosa’ squat, in Florence; with charges (for the eight anarchists arrested) of having carried out an explosive attack against “Il Bargello” bookstore (Florence, January 1st, 2017) – a space linked to fascists and the fascist party “Casapound”, an action during which a policeman was seriously injured and lost an eye and part of a hand, and an arson attack on a carabinieri station in the neighborhood of Rovezzano (Florence, April 21st, 2016). Paska, Giovanni and Ghespe were sentenced mainly for charges related to the attack against the fascist bookstore. Nine anarchists were sentenced for “criminal association” and about twenty other anarchists were convicted.