Today, Saturday March 12, 2016, was declared the National Day of Action against War, against Italy’s military intervention in Libya and against allowing our bases to be used for drones. It seems, in fact, that the government has authorized the intervention of Italian Special Forces in Libya for an “emergency operation”, bypassing the necessity to obtain the Parliament’s authorization (imposed by the Constitution) and planning to send a military contingent of 5 thousand men.
Numerous initiatives are planned in all the cities of the Peninsula, without political colors, only as an ethical and social commitment of the “people of peace” and that of thousands of young people engaged in the defense of civil rights, war victims, and refugees from countries of war.
“We hear about a significant use of military contingent, secret agents with unclear purposes, and military bases made available on Italian soil for the use of drones” – said Antonio De Filippis, head of “Operation Dove”, the Peace Corps of Pope John XXIII Community. “Thinking that military intervention is the main method of settling international conflicts seems a bit outdated to us. Not merely because our Constitution demands it from us, but also because everyone can see that interventions made in the last few years in North Africa and in the Middle East have only contributed to increase violence, massacres, and risks for civilians,” – said De Filippis. His comment answers also the allegations of the former Head of State Giorgio Napolitano who has defined pacifism against Italian intervention in Libya “old-fashioned”. “Many young people who work hard every day and are constantly committed to supporting victims and resisting wars and merchants of death” will partake in the mobilization – said the head of “Operation Dove”.
“Let us be active and organize public initiatives to make the voice of those who firmly oppose a scenario that promises tragedy heard. The consequences of an armed intervention in Libya, with Italy among its promoters, would be devastating,” – said the general manager of the Association founded by Father Oreste Benzi. In a statement, Pope John XXIII Community announced that it will be present in Italian squares today, together with other associations and movements (officially in Rimini and Bologna), to ask Italy’s renewed commitment to a political and diplomatic solution of the present conflict, the settlement of international contingents of peace Corps responsible for humanitarian assistance, and to stop sending Italian arms or weapons manufactured in Italy to countries affected by armed conflicts, including Saudi Arabia.