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<nettime> Call in solidarity with the students arrested
claudia bernardi on Sat, 11 Jul 2009 17:55:35 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> Call in solidarity with the students arrested

 Please sign and circulate (http://www.petitiononline.com/wave/petition.html

The perfect Wave cannot be arrested!
Call in solidarity with the students arrested the 6th of July in Italy

In the night between the 5th and the 6th of July, 21 students were arrested
in a sweeping police operation. They were charged with being involved in the
mobilization of the 19th of May in Turin against the G8 University Summit.
On that day more than 10,000 undergraduate and PhD students, as well as
precarious researchers, took public voice in a huge demonstration to express
another time ? after the mobilizations of last fall ? their opposition to
the dismantling of the public university.

These charges are not usually cause for preventive arrest, almost two months
after the events. There is a clear disproportion between the supposed
charges and the use of a heavy juridical tool. This disproportion risks
erasing democratic principles, which must on the contrary be reaffirmed. The
twenty-one arrested ? fifteen are in jail, six under house arrest ? are
young students, almost all with clean records.

We express our indignation at the disproportion of this act for people who
have simply demonstrated their dissent. This has occurred at a time when
young students and researchers are more and more worried about the lack of
guarantees for the future and the uncertain destiny of the public

We want to affirm that we are on the side of freedom of thought and freedom
to demonstrate dissent. We think that it is not acceptable to manage every
protest as a police problem. We want to affirm again that the university is
a space of freedom, confrontation and the production of knowledge. Through
these arrests it is not possible to solve the contradictions and the
problems of the public university.


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