National Sections of the L5I:

Italy

Italy's elections: the return of Berlusconi - the fall of Rifondazione

The richest man in Italy, corrupt right wing media magnate Silvio Berlusconi, won a resounding victory in the Italian elections on 13-14 April - a mere two years after having been swept from power. Read more...

Solidarity with COBAS against police repression!

We express our total solidarity with the hunger strikers of COBAS, fighting for the democratic rights of workers in the private sector to hold meetings in work time and to join the trade union of their choice. Read more...

1922: Mussolinis march on Rome

Fascism came to power in Italy at the point when the real revolutionary period in Italy between 1920 and 1922 (the “biennio rosso”) had begun to wane. Under the centrist leadership of Antonio Gramsci and Amedeo Bordiga, Italian workers had not forged an alliance with the peasants and land workers and were unable to take the post-war factory occupations and control of production beyond the point of dual power. Read more...

Italy: Accidental death of a government – a parliamentary farce

The sudden death of Romano Prodi’s centre-left government, caused by left wing senators abstaining on a vote to endorse Italian support for the war in Afghanistan, and its just as rapid resurrection exposes the lack of principle not only of Rifondazione Comunista, but the Fourth International. Dave Stockton looks back at a remarkable week in politics. Read more...

Italy: a massive demo against the Prodi government and USA imperialism

While a large proportion of the protest marched in the name of pacifism rather than of anti-imperialism, this is another blow against the Prodi government and the political interests it defends. The leaders of the radical left parties inside the government coalition tried to minimize the significance of this demo and pretend to be at home on the streets of Vicenza. Thus Oliviero Diliberto of PDCI (a split from Rifondazione Comunista) considered that this demo would be a “stimulus” for the government to correct its wrong decision. Read more...

Italy: strikes and demonstrations against Prodi’s cuts budget

In Rome an 80,000 strong demonstration made its way from Porta Pia to Piazza Barberini and impressive demonstrations took place in Naples, Milan and Florence. According to union organisers at least one and a half million workers took strike action and more than 300,000 participated in the street protests. Mass rallies took place in 27 major towns and cities. In addition some 50 per cent of schools were closed with many of their students joining the demonstrations. Read more...

Italy: Millions strike and march against Berlusconi

On 25 November the three largest trade union confederations in Italy (CGIL, CISL, UIL) staged a half-day general strike against the Berlusconi government’s new cuts, outlined in the budget for 2006. The government refused point blank to enter into negotiations with the unions over the package. Read more...

Florence Assembly: Reject the building of a new reformism

Around 180 delegates came together in Florence on 12-13th November to discuss the ‘Charter for Another Europe’. The meeting marked an attempt to develop a statement of principles “for another Europe”. Read more...

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