As all the first-hand reports make abundantly clear, 16 April 2002 in
Italy was a day like no other. The first 8 hour general strike in the
country for 20 years was solid. The response to the strike call
surpassed all expectations. Just over 8 million workers are members of a
union yet over 13 million people struck work...
The ‘SME’ case now running in the Milan courts, which includes il
Presidente del Consiglio, Silvio Berlusconi, among the defendants, may
never get to the stage where it sentences him to prison, as happened
with his lawyer Cesare Previti in a previous and related case. However,
Half a million people demonstrated in bright Spring sunshine on the
streets of Rome last Saturday, 12 April. A record-breaking peace banner
in the colours of the rainbow - one kilometre long and 13 metres wide –
made its way through the centre of Italy’s capital. Numerous groups of
young people and workers...
The many hundreds of thousands of Italian protesters were joined by tens
of thousands of foreign participants in the European Social Forum
assembly and by others, like the French CGT union, who came to Italy
especially for this demonstration.
Today (October 5) 10,000 people, mainly youth, took part in an anti war
demonstration called by the Florence Social Forum. This was part of a
national day of action which saw over sixty demonstrations and cultural
events taking place all over Italy. The demonstration takes place as
Italy is preparing to send one...
Saturday 23 March will be one of the most memorable days in the history
of Italy. Three million people made their way towards the Circus
Maximus, not far from the world-famous Coliseum, at the heart of the
The workers and young people of Italy are locked in a mighty battle with
the Berlusconi government. 100,000 marched through the centre of Rome
last Friday, 15 February, in a demonstration organised by the unions of
the base - Cobas, Cub, Rdb and others. This was more than twice the
number expected, once the leaders of...
The signing last Friday afternoon of a deal with the government and
employers by the leaders of the two smaller trade union federations in
Italy - the Uil and Cisl - has sparked a new round of angry
demonstrations and spontaneous strikes.
Italy is the European country which has seen the biggest and most
widespread protests against the US bombing of Afghanistan. It is also
the only country that has seen its prime minister urging the population
onto the streets in pro-war demonstrations. There is a deep polarisation
as well as a deep radicalisation going...