The ProvocAzione continues. Ours of course, already in its fifth month of life.
Five issues are not much, but they can help whoever wants to to understand something. To the others, those who like don Abbondio lack the courage to understand, no one can give the strength to come out from boredom or hollow chatter.
We must therefore register two kinds of reply: on the one hand the positive one, subscriptions and comrades distributing, continually increasing (beyond our optimistic previsions, the stabilising of 2,000 copies printed); on the other the negative side, the superficial critiques, the silences, the insinuations that our movement never tires of.
We are, obviously, happy about the positive response, not the negative one. Not because we don’t like criticism, but precisely because when it reaches us it has been scarce and has only dealt with marginal aspects and not the content. Questions of form, the distribution of material, the space given to individual expressions of revolt, also the most minute. All here. No one took on the paper’s function (negative or positive), no one has been serious enough to critically face the analytical proposal supported by the paper, i.e. pointing to small actions of dissent (unfortunately also symbolic), but as a complement to and perfectionment of the class attack as a whole.
On the other hand, once again we must register the usual chatter circulating in the movement about what we mean by the struggle and about many other things as well. We hope that this tendency will continue to diminish and will be able to open up a productive confrontation (for whoever has an interest in developing it) that turns out to be useful to all the comrades who want to act.
For our part, we reconfirm our intent to widen the content of ProvocAzione in such a way that the capacity of the real movement to produce not just a series of separate attacks on the class enemy, but also a spontaneous coordination, a kind of self-organised relationship that can be reada between the lines of events and is itself creating a real theoretical reply, becomes evident. Of course, this proposal would be clearer if the number of events reported and commented upon was greater. But that is linked to the present editorial limits that we are trying to overcome, let’s say over the next few issues
Antagonism Criminalised (PLP)
Montalto di Castro
Positive and Negative
Between the Voice of Conscience and Old Lace AMB
Repression in Greece
Direct Action Against Evictions
In Greece Against the NATO
No More Chains PLP
Strikes in Spain
A different 1st of May
DON’T VOTE, AND THEN? (AMB)
Sardinia: Asfalt Doesn’t Swallow Us Up
Protest in S. Corea
“Only sheep let themselves be counted” Germany, census
Organizational Doicument of Absenteeist Structures
Chivass: Teaching College Burned
Foreigners and the Blackmail of the CGIL
Antimilitarism: What Objection?
Clashes in Milan
Against General Motors
“Community” Sickness (AMB)
Another state Murder - Pentiti Mai
Rage in S. Africa Budini
‘Statale’ University Occupied in Milan
Protest in Japan
Against the Pope Everywhere
Roberto Gemigniani etc against French Democracy
Attacks in Peru
Defence committee O.V.
Following first blocks against nuclear power stations of Trino Vercellese, Montalto di Castro and Caorso, the first intimidatory raids take place against some comrades of antagonist groups.
In Greece against the Nato - American military forces bus struck by a home made explosive device activated at a distance in Greece. 10 American military wounded, 8 Greek. Attack claimed by group 17 november.
Direct action against eviction - “counter eviction” against Technocasa in via Cenisio 59, against evictions. Leaflet left... it is time to pass from complaining to attack. It is time to spread the practice of real liberation in the social field.
Strikes in Spain - Social rebellion increases in Spain, strikes of various categories are on the increase. Following recent transport strike on april 16 in Reinosa in the Cantagrica region, metal workers clash with guardia Civile to protest, among other things, against the Cenemesa, a State firm which announced its intention to lay off 146 of the 400 employees. 22 wounded, 2 serious.
A different 1st May. In Salvador a column of Fronte Farabundo Marti attacks the fourth army distaccamento causing 9 dead. Also in Chile the Patriotic Fronte Manual Rodrigues wanted to remember the first day of May felling seven pylons with dynamite charges. The attack caused a gigantic blackout from north to south of the country, in an area unhabited by 12 million chileans. Different ways of celebrating the memory of the Chicago martyrs.
Chernobyl - on the first anniversary of the nuclear disaster of 26.4.86 on April 25, numerous demonstrations took place against nuclear power in various countries.
France, Thionville, about 3,000 demand immediate closure of Cattenom, destined to becoming the most potent nuclear power station in europe.
Germany, demonstrations in Hamburg (party election poster burned) Bavaria, Berlin, in front of recycling plant for radioactive waste in Wacjersdorf, Nurimburg, Wuerzburg, Kiel, Bonn, to mention only a few.
Bern - antinuclear demo ends with violent clashes between demonstrators and police.
Holland - block in front of allumnium factory Pechiney Borssele, clashes with police.
Tokyo - about a thousand people, and Prague (5 Greenpeace ecologists arrested)
Sardinia: population of Tempio Pausiania (la Fumosa) decide to oppose the construction of a road destined to pass over their homes and cut through trunks of cork trees.
South Korea - student protests continue - 16 April, clashes with police, stones and molotovs “We will overturn Chun’s dictatorship”.
Also anniversary of student uprising of 1960 - whole of Korean police in a state of alert. about 120,000 already mobilised against universities and colleges.
Only sheep get counted. In various towns in Germany boycott of imminent census in preparation, resulting in police raids. First demos take place on May 1. Kreuzberg - all night clashes. Incendiary attacks in town on shops and cars. 42 wounded, 50 held.
Attack on school - April 27, Rho (Milan). Avoiding cameras and putting guard dog to sleep they climb wall and reach first floor window of head’s office and destroy documents, break into teachers’ room and empty drawers. Registers and report cards piled into rubbish bag and taken away to be destroyed or thrown into nearby river.
Chivasso teachers college burnt. One Sunday night in the beginning of May, flames rise from registers piled up in the corridor and set alight. In teachers’ room and library, everything burnt. Building structure and heating plant damaged. “Under the flames, one of the structures of power has come down. Fire is easy and is not selective”.
Clashes in Milan. At Neil Young concert, a number of wounded (youths and police) and 6 arrests for “insult and resisting arrest” - May 5, the concert was organised by Milan Sound, by mayor and city council at Palatrussardi which holds 10,000. Just as many remain outside when police charge with tear gas and truncheons and even shoot. Replied to with stones and bottles Police end up beating each other up.
Retrial in Naples of Orazio Valastro for desertion. He declares his refusal against arms is that he refuses to use them against the exploited, not against exploiters at the opportune moment. So not a pacifist or moral choice, but a revolutionary anarchist decision.
Mexico City - bomb attack on night of April 13 - serious damage to installations.
Germany - attacks against new ID cards in use in Germany which will soon reach Italy.
A movement of sabotage has begun against them in Germany. It is enough to wash the card at 60 degrees to make them insensitive to computer reading.Official excuse: washed by mistake in washing machine.
Italy leading arms industry - in 1984 80,000 were employed in arms production. 7,000 billion income. They produce about 3 per cent of arms produced in the world.
Nuclear secrets in Britain. Defence Ministry inadvertently make public a few strictly reserved documents concerning nuclear armaments. At the end of January a ministerial bulletin had opened a race for the construction of detonators destined tactic Wel77 in dotazione of the bomber Tornado. One of the industries that supply these detonators is Graseby Dynamics. Until now, GB had denied having used nuclear bombs.
Three boys. Three boys in the night, 13, 14, 15 put not only their school in difficulty, but the whole surrounding village near Porto Marghera. Each night for the past month they have thrown stones at the school windows, smashing them. A few days later they introduced themselves, still at night, into the school, destroyed the registers, broke all the telephones and many teaching instruments. Then they decided to blow up the school a few nights later. They broke into the nearby Tron army explosives depot in Marghera avoiding armed surveillance, entering the modernised building with relative ease. Just as they are about to put their plan into effect, a fourth boy informs his parents and carabinieri.
Against fascists. Student collective at Bologna University occupy law faculty in protest against a meeting organised by the fascist Fuan. Over 40 held over by police.
Antinuclear insurrection. In Aldeavilla, Spain, a village of just 3,000 inhabitants about 300 Km from Madrid, about 300 people from the village insurge, attacking the local administration structures and taking employees hostage. The reason was their refusal of a project to build a nuclear research laboratory. Next day another 15000 people joined the 500 inhabitants of the village who participated in the struggle blocking the traffic and closing the shops.
Attacks in Germany - the Rhine army headquarters which is near Moenchen Gladbach in Westphalia was attacked by a car bomb which wounded thirty-one soldiers - 27 Germans and four English - smashed the building hosting the officers’ mess and practically disintegrated a building making a hole of 2 metres. The Rhine army is the British Nato military contingent. According to a claim published in Belfast the attack was carried out by the IRA.
Against AEM, Milan - Some of the equipment of the AEM municipal electric company in Milan was destroyed at the beginning of April. In particular, a crane belonging to the Sinco group. Encircled As were found drawn on two cars parked nearby.
Clashes at political science.
School occupied in Milan - May 13 State University occupied in protest against increase in taxes. President’s office used as “press and propaganda commission” by students. “Always occupy” and “Let’s take everything back” sprayed on walls.
Japan - Demonstration of ecologists April 17 to block work of enlarging international airport of Narita, about 40 kilometres from tokio. clashes with police. 111 arrests.
Against the Pope. During Pope’s visit to Chile various protest demos, violently attacked by police. Peace of clergymen disturbed, using loudspeakers and religious music and slogans they try to cover up the people’s rage. Clashes go on all night, an unknown number of arrests and wounded.
In Argentina, a bomb of TNT with a slow combustion fuse explodes in the Plaza de Mayo near the Casa Rosada, residence of government and president of the republic. Caused considerable damage to the statue of Christopher Colombo and nearby buildings housing Defence ministries and the armed forces headquarters.
In Germany, first contestation before Pope’s visit, in Koln with graffiti. Pope in profile in the sight of a gun, with biblical quote “blessed is he who enters the kingdom of heaven”, followed by “Joh” and number 4711, name of a well known eau de Cologne. then a particularly warm welcome for the Pope. Two churches burned (one near stadium where Pope officiates) causing over 2 million marks’ damage. Graffiti on cathedral. Various marches take place.
IRA offensive: April 25 car bomb parked on motorway between Belfast and Dublin blows up as car passes carrying Northern Ireland high court judge, killing him along with his wife. Maurice Gibson, one of the most authoritative judges of Ireland in 1984 had aquitted 3 members of the security forces resposible the year before for the killing of three IRA combattents returning from Armagh. Three explosive letters then sent to government employees and mortar bombs shot at British security forces. Three explosive letters sent to Margaret Thatcher.
Attacks in Peru - guerrillas of “Sendero Luminoso” attack hydroelectric central at Mantano river, putting Lima and the central south of the country in darkness. Just the first in a number of attacks which on May 4 saw about a dozen attacks in just over an hour and a half against ministries, police stations, banks.