Sunday, December 07, 2008

For Now's The Time For Your Tears

Just in case you didn't think Diaz Pertini was bad enough, just in case you didn't think all the police officers involved in Diaz Pertini getting off was bad enough, a former Italian President and Home Secretary advocates not only the systematic use of violence and infilitration as tactics against peaceful protesters but apparently reveals that that was his method when in office (via this generally good post). Apparently for the Casa Della Liberta, freedom means the suppression of any protest against the government of the day through the institutionalisation of systematic police brutality. Also, three rather good pieces on the Shannon Matthews case and the moral panic surrounding it.

3 comments:

Phil said...

I don't believe anything Cossiga says, more or less on principle, but I was interested by this:

"The so-called hard-line adopted by Andreotti, Zaccagnini and me was suggested by Berlinguer"

Not that I'd be surprised.

Rob Jubb said...

Presumably then what he means by a strong state is one in which the formal opposition is eager to be complicit in government violence against those who might outflank them. I suppose that makes a kind of sense.

a very public sociologist said...

Sounds vaguely similar to a certain regime that lasted roughly 20 years in Italy during the early part of the last century ...