28 March 2012
keep tabs on carabinieri association that opposes the war in
The report notes that UNAC's president, marshall Antonio Savino,
spoke at the meeting criticising the military intervention in
Iraq and the use of carabinieri units in the conflict, announcing
that a UNAC delegation would take part in the anti-war national
demonstration to withdraw Italian troops from Iraq. He also supported
the right to trade union association in the armed and police
forces, spoke of the problem of "mobbing" (a form of
work harassment), which he claims has resulted in the suicide
of 20 members of the armed forces in the last year, and made
reference to the diseases that Italian soldiers intervening in
areas of armed conflict have been suffering, particularly cases
of leukaemia linked to exposure to depleted uranium. Savino also
criticised the "inadequate" and "useless"
security measures adopted to counter the threat of similar terrorist
attacks to those perpetrated in Spain, and announced the publication
of a "white paper" on these issues.The surveillance
report also outlines the behaviour of Savino and other six UNAC
members ("whose identification is underway", including
three women) in the anti-war demonstration on 20 March. Their
position in the demonstration was alongside the Green party militants,
including the MP Pecoraro Scanio, they gave interviews to radio
and media broadcasters, and carried a banner with the association's
name and logo on it.
UNAC issued a press statement to express concern over the "intimidation" that carabinieri belonging to the association are suffering, including being followed "even in the Camera dei Deputati". The restricted document that surfaced is evidence that "a serious attack against constitutional rights and democracy" is underway, which is motivated, according to UNAC president marshall Antonio Savino, by the "fear in the higher ranks that [carabinieri] returning from Iraq may talk, as has been happening in UNAC offices in these days". UNAC also noted that it had presented a complaint in the past, when a videocamera was installed so as to identify all the people who entered a conference. Articolo 21 spokesman Giuseppe Giulietti said that:
"as an organisation that is concerned with the right
to association, expression and information ... we consider this
situation to be a cause for concern because, if the secretary
of a party can be subjected to this special kind of attention,
it is perfectly legitimate to suspect that this could happen
to dozens [tens in the original] of associations, movements,
MPs, Internet websites, universities that deal with issues of
freedom of information, against censorship and particularly [about]
the role played by media lies in the conflict in Iraq."
Full-text of the Rome carabinieri special information report (22.3.2004): available (in Italian) on: www.articolo21.com/notizia.php?id=515
Articolo 21-Liberi Di, press statement, 1.6.2004, available on: www.articolo21.com/notizia.php?id=513
UNAC press statement, 20.5.2004, available on: www.unionecarabinieri.it/speciali_detail.asp?id_spec=31
Reporter Associati, 3.6.2004; Unità 1.6.2004.
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