First instance verdict for protests in the Ex Caserma Serena shelter (Treviso): solidarity with Mohammed, Abdou and Amadou!
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On 20 October, the Court of Treviso pronounced the first degree judgement against Mohammed, Amadou and Abdourahmane, for the protests that took place on 11 and 12 June 2020 inside the reception centre Ex Caserma Serena in Treviso, with which the three were charged.
The charge of devastation and looting was dropped, but that of kidnapping remained for the events of 12 June. The prosecutor had initially asked for sentences of 6 years, but at the end of this hearing two of them were sentenced to 1 year and 8 months, and the other to 2 years.
The repression that the three suffered was intended from the start to be exemplary: they wanted to punish one riot to give a signal to all the others, in a summer when protests were multiplying in all places of detention for immigrants in Italy.
The fourth defendant in this trial, Chaka Ouattara died in solitary confinement in Verona prison on 7 November 2020 amid general silence and indifference.
Abdou, Mohammed and Amadou spent three years in prison, under house arrest and forced to sign. Added to all this is the daily blackmail of no longer being able to obtain or renew their residence permits, of not having enough economic means and networks of relations to bear the legal costs and the full weight of repression.
That is why it is important to keep alive the solidarity with the three and all those who often in total isolation fight for their freedom.
On Friday, while the Court of Treviso pronounced its sentence, there was a solidarity meeting in front of the court and several banners of solidarity appeared in different cities in Italy: in Turin, in Rome on the occasion of the procession for Palestine in the streets of Torpignattara, and also in Borgo Mezzanone, in the province of Foggia, to reiterate once again that those who fight are never alone.
For Chaka, in solidarity with Abdou, Mohammed and Amadou, TUTT LIBER!