“We have nothing to do with the death of the police agent, which occurred due to natural causes while he was chasing and beating us together with his colleagues” – Some No Border said during a meeting with reporters in Ventimiglia some. They also announced that they have canceled the event scheduled this afternoon in Ventimiglia. “We do not want to fall into a trap, so we canceled the event in favor of a fixed garrison to defend ‘people on the go’, kept locked in the center of Ventimiglia”. The police raided the headquarters of the No Borders activists in Camporosso, denouncing 25 people for yesterday’s riots and providing for the expulsion of three people from the national territory.
Diego Turra, 52, a police officer of the Mobile Unit of Genoa, was serving at the former barracks of the Fire Department, where some forty “No border” activists had occupied the building. All of a sudden, he collapsed to the ground. His colleagues present on the spot offered him first aid and Turra was transferred to the hospital of Sanremo. Nonetheless, he died shortly after. The autopsy will clarify the cause of death; most likely, he suffered a sudden heart attack.
“Pain” – this is what President of the Region Giovanni Toti wrote about this death. “Anger at the irresponsible people who fuel tensions and provoke confrontations in an atmosphere that is already tragic enough. Enough No Border – Toti finished his speech -. Zero tolerance. The government should intervene.” Also the police union had criticized the choice to send an agent in an advanced age on a particularly “turbulent” mission, wearing an anti-guerrilla outfit and in conditions of prohibitive temperatures.
“The permanent garrison No Border in Ventimiglia – says the site of the protesters – was born on June 11, when a group of migrants had found refuge on the rocks, avoiding identification and continuing to fight for their freedom. Since then, solidarity networks have been mobilized in different territories to build a permanent laboratory of coexistence and resistance to repressive policies, which are manifested in various forms in territories on the border. From Lampedusa to Calais, passing through Ventimiglia, migrant peoples live every day the impossibility of moving freely through Europe, looking for a life that goes beyond mere survival. The garrison houses different subjectivities and individualities coming from diverse realities and backgrounds, united by desire to oppose strong resistance to the logic of discriminatory power, to claim the right to mobility, not only for the migrants, but for all those people who are threatened or whose freedom is being limited on a daily basis”.