Genoa, July 2001. The Espresso ebook for the twenty years since the events of the G8

Ask what Diaz was, ask what happened in Genoa in Piazza Alimonda on July 20, 2001, twenty years ago. In that short summer that lasted two months: from the G8 in Italy, with the newly born Berlusconi government triumphant, to the New York morning of 11 September, when the world changed and the fairytale of beautiful globalization, the fall of the walls, the opening of the markets, the Net that connected the enlightened spirits, has turned upside down in the nightmare of global terrorism and war.

For us, the war began two months earlier, in Genoa. A dirty war, waged with state violence, with the suspension of constitutional rights in the Diaz school and in the Bolzaneto barracks, with lies and lies. But Genoa was also the high point of a mass movement that had shaken civil society, which found itself in the Social Forums and the peace movement, but which was crushed in its possibility to radically change the language, the leaders , the organization of the Italian left. After Genoa, the left in its various facets has found itself more alone and more defeated.

In those days there is one of the keys to a possible explanation for today’s frailties. Important, but removed.

For this reason L’Espresso has dedicated to the twenty years of Genoa 2001 the in-depth analysis that is now collected in this e-book for readers. With a double objective: to tell with documents and testimonies what happened twenty years ago, for those who have heard about it in a superficial way, for those who were not born and do not know anything about it. Open a political debate on what could have been and what remained of the legacy of a movement that dreamed of another possible world. Two objectives that basically can be summed up in one. Do not forget.

The Espresso ebook, which has the cover of Zerocalcare, rigorously and truthfully reconstructs what happened in those days of July 2001 in Genoa. Simone Pieranni tells about piazza Alimonda, the Diaz school and the Bolzaneto barracks. A page of great journalism and will remain as a testimony for the many boys and girls who were not yet born at the time. This volume is dedicated to them, to those who today feel the injustices in the world intolerable, to those who were not there. This is followed by Massimo Cacciari’s speech, Federica Bianchi’s interview with Alexis Tsipras, Matteo Macor’s reportage from the Diaz school twenty years later.


Source: L'Espresso – News, inchieste e approfondimenti Espresso by espresso.repubblica.it.

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