Appeal for the liberation of bodies and of political dissent

The "Effimera" discussion list has issued an appeal that is open to signatures concerning the intimidation and repression deployed against social movement in Europe, with particular reference to four young "NO TAV" activists who are currently subjected to imprisonment in a regime of isolation. Giorgio Agamben is among the first signatories.

This is the English version of the appeal's introduction:

"We would like to bring to your attention the following appeal, which has been gathering signatures of intellectuals and activists in Europe and elsewhere. It denounces the growing climate of intimidation and repression of political movements in Italy and in Europe. Particularly striking is the case of the Val di Susa (Piedmont, Italy) campaign against the new TAV (High Speed Train) development. At this time four young activists are subjected to a regime of isolation prison, under an accusation of "terrorism", and 54 people are on trial for having demonstrated, in different forms, their dissent against the forced imposition of anti-environmental projects such as the TAV. This is just one example. Other episodes of widespread repression of political dissent give reason for serious alarm.

The promoters of this initiative are subscribers to the "Effimera" discussion list, an informal network of international researchers and thinkers which was created out of the earlier experience of "UniNomade 2.0".

We ask all those who care about freedom of expression and criticism to support this appeal, the aim of which is to reaffirm the right to self-determination of bodies and territories outside and against the economic logic of contemporary financial capitalism."

To sign:

The full-text of the appeal is available in Italian, English, French, German and Spanish

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