Trade unionist Adil Belakhdim was hit and killed during a demonstration in Novara

Another attack on the protesting workers. This time fatal. In Biandrate in the Novara area, a demonstration by the SiCobas in front of Lidl was called this morning, June 18, for the national logistics strike. Adil Belakhdim, inter-regional coordinator of the union, was part of the garrison outside the warehouse: a group of about fifteen people in front of the gates to defend their rights.

Suddenly a truck arrived and in an attempt to force the blockade it hit three workers. The 37-year-old, an Italian of Moroccan origin and with two children aged 15 and 17, was hit by the vehicle and dragged for several meters. The efforts of the 118 operators proved futile, and Belakhdim died shortly after.

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The carabinieri, as reported by the agencies, in the meantime would have intercepted the truck in a service area not far in the area. The 25-year-old driver turned himself in to the police and was arrested for road murder, failure to rescue and resistance. But the dynamics of what happened are still uncertain.

Following the incident, a strike was immediately called for all employees of the site on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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Prime Minister Mario Draghi said he was “very saddened by the death of Adil Belakhdim. It is necessary that we immediately shed light on what happened ».

“Unheard of and unacceptable” are the words of Attilio Fasulo, general secretary of the CGIL of Novara and of the VCO. The deputy secretary of the Democratic Party, Peppe Provenzano, was even tougher in a post on Twitter: «A worker cannot die like this. The state must guarantee the right to demonstrate and punish these criminal acts. Politics must resolve the social contradictions that have exploded in logistics, stopping wars between workers ”.

Of the same opinion, the leader of the LeU group in the Senate, Loredana De Petris, who calls for an immediate response: “It cannot be tolerated that the principals are attacked by squads as happened in Lodi last week or that the workers who protest are killed as it happened today in Novara. We are not in the US in the 1930s and we will not allow that to happen. It is the government’s duty to intervene immediately with the utmost rigor to prevent the attacks from happening again ”.

The fact to which De Petris refers is the attack in Tavazzano, in the province of Lodi, which took place between 10 and 11 June outside the Zampieri warehouses. During a garrison of Fedex workers, outsiders, perhaps private guards, approached and beat the demonstrators with sticks and stones. One of them ended up in code red with severe face bruises for a prognosis of 15 days.


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