On October the 2nd people all over Italy -not to mention demonstrations in Amsterdam, Berlin, Bruxelles, Dublin, Edimburgh, Lausanne, London, Madrid, Paris, Stockholm, Valencia, Washington DC- gathered together in Rome and filled Piazza S. Giovanni up. The police said there had been 15,000 people, the organizers of the event estimated a participation of round 300,000. Fair, isn't it? The demonstration, mostly self-financed and self-arranged , had been held by the Popolo Viola (Purple People) and got immediately many accessions first of all of private citizens and workers but at the same time of realities for justice, rights and democracy associationism, environmentalists, various activists, left-wing politicians. One of the mottoes had been “S.P.Q.R. Sono Premier Quindi Rubo (I'm President therefore I steal)” and the crowd of the procession asked for President Burlesconi's resignation, amendment of electoral law (the possibility of voting the men, not merely the party...), a new law on conflict of interest that would prevent the recurrence of the new Burlesconis. From the stage there had been speeches concerning the constitutional crisis, work, conflict of interest, election law, the press, justice, school. Prof. Paul Ginsborg, Salvatore Borsellino, Ernesto Ruffini, Ilaria Cucchi, Concita Degregorio, artists Andrea Rivera and Ascanio Celestini, musicians, journalists. Few echoes on mainstream news, of course.
I personally saw many people with shining eyes and I myself had many sighs, it was moving and profound and that was its brightest side. To me the presence in that square in that precise moment was something felt as a categorical imperative, as an absolute want. The need to say NO to a bloody corporate reading of the power and the constant attempt to use it to its own advantage. I'm tired of politicians dressed in gessato and sometimes even slug slimy faces, chosen by parties that no more represent us. We've don't have a Parliament: it's actually an hospice recovering over-sized over-aged over-rich numbly smiling grannies and gramps. The problem's not only Burlesconi, which is the perfection of the political trend of Italy in the last 50 years. Yes, I'm pissed off, and I assume that any reasonable person in my country shouldn't stand this kind of corrupted degeneration of Democracy. Decreasing public University, Healthcare and press freedom, increasing street xeno- homo-phobic violence, tax evasion, legal impunity for persons and companies with high income, police state, working tensions and unemployment: are you kidding?! Is this the place my sons to be? No way, and that's why lots of people felt the need of saying NO to all this.
But there's of course a sourer side of the coin. The Popolo viola is a movement not a party, not an association, not a guild nor a league: it's a choise of reason, an act of will, the rejection of a hardship. Yet, there had been in it a grain of perverse deviance which has disrespected the honest lack of will to power of its activists and supporters: the decision about the demonstration was took by the sole facebook page of the 'Popolo Viola National Committee' (2 to 10 people), without seeking advice of the hundreds local groups that are the roots of the movement itself. Kind of rough. With the recognition of the values introduced by the Carta Etica, the 'Ethic Bill' -not of course to be interpretated as a dogma but as a starting point, something in which we can recognize, a compass- I hope that everyone could become even more conscious of what we are and what we are actually living, to give a resolute response of unity and reaction, leave behind every legacy of the old politics and work together for a better place to be.