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Matthew Fuller on Thu, 28 Dec 95 18:40 MET


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>Press release
>Milan, 19 December 1995
>From fam0393 {AT} comune.bologna.it  Wed Dec 20 07:50:54 1995
>
>"VANDALS"
>
>This morning at 6.30 a.m., a huge number of masked policemen and carabinieri
>have worked out two different legal proceedings against the Centro Sociale
>Leoncavallo. The first was the distress of every equipment useful to make
>concerts, and the second concerned the search of the center and the arrest
>of a number (not yet specified) of persons for drugs.
>
>The 'judicial police' in his action beated with stocks and chains the
>comrades who were sleeping inside the center, gagging them with tape and
>destroying the cars parked in the court.
>
>After this, they destroyed quite everything was in the center, including
>every working device, books, videotapes, cables, windows, doors, lights,
>tiles, etc.
>
>We denounce that the so-called 'order force', joined to the strong power of
>the bench, have actually the will -- covered by such a police action -- to
>completely destroy the centro sociale, which is openly aligned in a campaign
>for the legalization of the cannabis.
>
>The evidence collected by now consist only of 4 plants of cannabis and 20
>litres of grappa aromatized with maryjuana, but in these months the local
>press is depicting the center as a big drugs-shop, trying to create
>misunderstanding about the activities of the center.
>
>We want to start immediately a campaign to rebuild the center. Tonight we'll
>have a public meeting and we call for a national demonstration the next
>Saturday.
>
>C.S. Leoncavallo
>------------------------------------------------
>
>Press release
>
>This morning, while the special force of police broke into the centro
>sociale Leoncavallo, besides the normal operations of search and distress,
>very serious violent actions have been taken against the militants found
>inside the center and against the equipments not concerned with the distress.
>During these vandalic actions, a special ferocity has been expressed in the
>room of the European Counter Network collective.
>
>The ECN collective works on the computer communications, and in these days
>is trying to build a connection to Internet for all the centri sociali and
>the self-managed collectives.
>
>Ten computers, hardly collected in the last two years, have been destroyed,
>the monitors have been crashed and soiled with vernish, the cabinets have
>been kicked and soiled with urine, the keyboards have been glued with silicon.
>This action sadly reminds those of the fascist regime, when the opposition
>was kept silent by stocks, castor oil and guns, and the books were burnt.
>It seems that in the eve of electronic communications, of computer networks,
>these means still haven't changed.
>
>European Counter Network
>------------------------------------------------
>European Counter Network
>Italian section - Padova
>BBS +39 49 8756776
>e-mail: calusca {AT} iperv.it
>http://www.xs4all.nl/~tank/ecn
>
>
>                  ### B O Y C O T T   S H E L L ###
>                  greedy  murderers  and  polluters
>           remember Ken Saro Wiwa and the slaughtered Ogoni
>
>-------
>
>Subject: ATTACK ON LEONCAVALLO SOCIAL CENTRE
>From: pmargin {AT} xchange.apana.org.au (Profit Margin)
>
>You should all have seen the Italian and English versions of the press
>release from Leoncavallo. For those who don't know, Leoncavallo in Milan
>is perhaps the most famous of Italy's 110 or 120 social centres, and has
>a proud history of self-managed struggle stretching back 20 years.
>
>While our first concern must be for the comrades who were injured, it
>should not go unnoticed that particular 'attention' was paid by the state
>to the equipment of the local ECN collective. It would be great if people
>on this list expressed their solidarity and outrage directly to the
>Italian ECN. I don't have the Milan e-mail address to hand (you can find
>it via the ECN home page on http://www.xs4all.nl/~tank/ecn), but I know
>all messages will be passed on via Hobo of the Padua ECN at
>calusca {AT} iperv.it, so please drop him a line.
>
>Take care.
>
>A very angry Profit Margin
>
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