A small delegation of workers from the Port of Genoa participated in the work of the seminar on multipolarity directed at the University of La Sapienza by Professor Luciano Vasapollo, which saw among the speakers Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, Prefect Emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, Professor Alessandro Perri and the director of our newspaper Salvatore Izzo. The port operators of Genoa and Livorno are at risk of a trial and in perspective also their jobs for blocking the transit of tanks, missiles and explosives directed to the Arab countries allied against Yemen, where those weapons kill civilians and in particular of children. “Stopping the weapons directed towards the theaters of war is a matter of conscience for us”, José Nivoli, one of the five exponents of the autonomous Collective of port workers registered in the register of suspects by the Prosecutor’s Office, told students today of Genoa. Nivoli himself delivered a CLAP t-shirt to card. Coccopalmerio and Professor Vasapollo, as a sign of their moral involvement in the situation of these workers and in the ideals that led them to forms of civil disobedience.
“We have decided to turn to you because we need another act of solidarity and courage on your part to show that we must not be afraid to tell the truth, to fight for peace and against what you rightly defined armamentist hypocrisy”, the Calp dockers wrote in the letter addressed a week ago to Pope Francis, which we published a few days ago, and read today to Cardinal Coccopalmerio. “Now we will write a letter to the new archbishop, Monsignor Marco Tasca and we hope to meet him in the coming weeks and, through him, we will ask to be received by the Pope, but today’s meeting gives us hope – explains José -. We would never have thought of finding ourselves on the spot talking at a seminar in front of young university students as happened this morning ”.
José offered a very sincere testimony, also admitting the concern for the future that looks dark for his and other families. And the young people who participated in the seminar via the web were confronted with the harsh reality that emerged last February 24 following the sweeps of vehicles, homes and workplaces of the suspects, with the seizure of phones and computers not only of the workers involved but also of their cohabiting family members, including children.
A disproportionate effort, aimed at repressing rather than seeking evidence of a clearly far-fetched hypothesis of criminal association. As the collective clarified, “the real intention is to silence the trade union conflicts and the fight we are carrying out for safety at work and against arms trafficking in the port”.
Among the accusations, one concerns the “changes” that would have been made to some flares (signaling flares) to make them “deadly”, a pretext rejected by Calp: at most it can happen that, in some circumstances, the explosive component is removed propulsion of the flares in order to be able to handle them safely using them as luminous torches, so if ever for the opposite purpose to that imagined by the investigators.
Now the five workers fear possible repercussions on their work, while what they keep repeating is that “it would be enough to enforce law 185/90 and stop the arms trafficking”.
Certainly worried that subjects, in the context of legitimate initiatives, could be accused of very serious crimes, in the investigation that wants to transform the free organization of citizens, absolutely legitimate and protected by the Constitution, into a criminal association.
Alex De Gironimo