To show their support for imprisoned anarchist Alfredo Cospito, far-left anarchists have laid a trail of destruction through the Italian city of Turin. The riots left dozens injured and arrested.
Several hundred anarchists and left-wing extremists marched from Piazza Solferino on March 3, leaving a trail of destruction through the Italian city of Turin. According to Italian media reports, there were also German and French riot tourists who had come especially for this.
At least two police officers were reportedly injured during the riots, which saw shop windows smashed, paper bombs detonated and landmarks defaced when tear gas and water cannons were used to disperse the left-wing extremists’ protest. In addition, 37 of the violent anarchists were arrested.
With this act of devastation, the radical left wanted to demonstrate their support for the imprisoned anarchist Alfredo Cospito. He is the convicted leader of the Informal Anarchist Federation (FAI) and has been on hunger strike for months. In doing so, he is protesting his harsh four-year prison regime (no visits, no parcel deliveries, no phone use) for mafia bosses and terrorists. Because the court feared that he could continue his operations against the state in normal prison.
#Torino Many cars damaged by anarchists. The anger of the inhabitants after the devastation. A lady asks the carabinieri: “Why don’t you intervene?” pic.twitter.com/1RlFwj4UF8
— Local Team (@localteamtv) March 4, 2023
Cospito, 55, is serving a 10-year sentence for shooting an executive at a state-controlled company – nuclear power operator Ansaldo Nucleare – in the leg, and 20 years for a series of dynamite attacks in Italy.
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