Six policemen were injured and ended up in hospital during the eviction of the Futurist Circle in Rome Pound House in Casal Bertone. Two local police leaflets were also damaged in the clashes. Among the injured was a 50-year-old officer who was hit in the face with a brass knuckle and will soon have to undergo a delicate facial reconstruction surgery. The occupants of CasaPound welcomed the agents of the Mobile Department, who arrived in aid of the quarantine of the firefighters of the Spe and Gssu groups who were in front of the premises owned by the INPS in via degli Orti di Malabarba and in via Enrico Cosenz, in fact, with bomb card, smoke bombs, clubs and brass knuckles.
Guerrilla for the eviction of CasaPound
About fifty boys who struck the agents with the clear intention not to abandon the ones they had occupied. After moments of tension and episodes of guerilla warfare, the policemen were injured, including a foreman from the province north of Rome, who ended up in the emergency room of Umberto I with a fractured nose and a deep wound at the cheekbone.
The local police had been planning it for days clearing out of the Pound house, after the Court of Rome had issued a provision against the occupied premises, in which parties, concerts, recreational activities with the administration of food took place. Inside the premises there is also a kind of warehouse for the storage of building materials available to a private company, to which the seals have been affixed. The address corresponded to both the headquarters of the Casal Bertone Futurist Club, called Spatium Nostrum, and the La Salamandra association.
During the raid, activists were detained and then released. One of these is Luca Marsella, former councilor in Ostia for the far-right movement. Digos has begun investigations to be able to define the people who took part in the clashes and who injured the agents. The commissioner Mario della Cioppa assured that “I responsible they will be identified and punished “. Marsella was keen to say that “What happened is very serious, every form of dissent is repressed with tear gas and batons. In Rome there are dozens and dozens of social centers and occupations of immigrants who have come to the news several times for drug dealing and even rape, but Gualtieri shows up in Rome raging against one of the few occupations where the red flag has not been waved, active for 13 years and protagonist of many initiatives of solidarity and culture “.
“Buildings used for other purposes”
According to the prefecture instead “The provision stems from a preventive seizure already adopted some time ago by the judicial authority and to which it was decided to dare to execute not only because there is no residential use of the property but because the premises themselves were used for other purposes”. So it depends on the occupation. For those of buildings for housing purposes, an alternative accommodation must be found for the occupants considered fragile and the police must not take the field. In other cases, such as the one in question, the discourse is different. Prefect Matteo Piantedosi expressed “Great gratitude and admiration for the law enforcement agencies that intervened”, and also underlined the complexity of the intervention made.
Another occupation on the prefect’s table is that of the headquarters in the large palace in via Napoleone III all’Esquilino. “The planned activities will follow their course and will not be stopped” they did know from the prefecture. The newly elected mayor Roberto Gualtieri defined what happened to an unacceptable violence and underlined:“We will continue on the path of legality, we will not be intimidated”. Even the president of the Lazio Region Nicola Zingaretti commented stating that “violent acts of this kind are intolerable and unacceptable, and must always be condemned ”.
On her Twitter page Marsella spoke of a spite for their demonstration against Draghi: “Last Saturday protested against the Draghi government. Today comes revenge and a CasaPound office is evicted with the violence of batons. We certainly do not do victimization and we are ready to take to the streets again. But this time, we all have to be there ”.
Last Saturday protested against the Draghi government. Today comes revenge and a seat of #CasaPound she is evicted with the violence of batons. We certainly do not do victimization and we are ready to take to the streets again. But this time, we all have to be.
– Luca Marsella (@MarsellaLuca) January 20, 2022