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the Italian 'Sardines' movement - something cheering.

bimble

noisy but small
I don't speak Italian and know almost nothing about this movement but this last month have been looking for the videos of these demonstrations as seeing them cheer me up a lot.

Since November this year thousands of people have been gathering filling the squares of major cities all over Italy, in a movement called the Sardines for how packed they are.
It began with a few friends wanting to show resistance to the hard right populist Salvini and his anti immigrant movement's ascendancy. A bit of background in here & here.

When all crammed into the public squares they sing an old folk song called Bella Ciao which i've just learnt has a long history and has been sung by anti fascists back to the resistance in ww2.

Anyway, here are some videos, all from the last few weeks. I like them.
naples:
savona:
rome:
modena in the rain:
 

bimble

noisy but small
And another one yesterday :) thousands of people in Milan as show of support for an 89 year old holocaust survivor who has been getting death threats online and needs a police escort now.

 

Pickman's model

every man and every woman is a star
By the way, a whiskey hangover combined with the realisation of the full enormity of the election defeat was not such a great idea.
Yeh well your hangover will pass whereas I'm on my way to work for the first time since the election so anticipate a day when a hangover would be preferable
 

Flavour

hang the bankers
Sardine UPDATE

They have announced their first "policy" as a movement (in reality it's a proposal being made to the government by a non-party movement with no associative membership as far as I can tell) ...

A new Erasmus program ... between the North and the South of Italy!

This hasn't gone down particularly well given that every year thousands of Southern students come to the universities in the North anyway. Encouraging Northern students to spend a bit of time down south comes off as a bit patronizing. It won't make it any more likely that they'll want to live in the south long-term, cos all the jobs are in the north. Well-intentioned I'm sure (desire to reduce north-south inequality has been a steadfast political fallback for both the left and right going back to unification) but not very well played, especially as it only applies to university students.
 

RTWL

crawling out the bin ... soon to fall back in
Standby CIA.


CIA go .

1942 :

Chomsky said:
the first area of Europe liberated-southern Italy, where the US, following Churchill’s advice, imposed a right-wing dictatorship headed by Fascist war hero Field Marshall Badoglio and the King, Victor Emmanuel III, who was also a Fascist collaborator.

US planners recognized that the "threat" in Europe was not Soviet aggression (which serious analysts, like Dwight Eisenhower, did not anticipate) but rather the worker and peasant based antirascist resistance with its radical democratic ideals, and the political power and appeal of the local Communist parties.
Chomsky said:
In Italy, a worker- and peasant-based movement, led by the Communist party, had held down six German divisions during the war and liberated northern Italy. As US forces advanced through Italy, they dispersed this antifascist resistance and restored the basic structure of the prewar Fascist regime.

Italy has been one of the main areas of CIA subversion ever since the agency was founded. The ClA was concerned about Communists winning power legally in the crucial Italian elections of 1948. A lot of techniques were used, including restoring the Fascist police, breaking the unions
and withholding food. But it wasn’t clear that the Communist party could be defeated.
:( You not only have to overthrow your own government but America as well if you want democracy.
All power to them !
 

redsquirrel

This Machine Kills Progressives
Sardine UPDATE

They have announced their first "policy" as a movement (in reality it's a proposal being made to the government by a non-party movement with no associative membership as far as I can tell) ...

A new Erasmus program ... between the North and the South of Italy!
Christ I'm no expert on Italy, have never lived there, but even I would have predicted that would go down like a cup of cold sick.
 
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