Almost two weeks after that October 15th that has seen almost a thousands cities around the world unitedly occupy their own streets and squares, and after what happened in Rome that very same day, the dimension and the connections among protesters worldwide seem to increase every day.

After the riots in Rome, we have seen happening exactly what we would expect: the moving of the spotlight from a rightful protest of citizens and their motivations to criminalization of participants by the same ruling class that brought us here and allowed those incidents to happen in order to use them against the protest itself. Should I mention one for all? The mayor of Rome,former neo-fascist Gianni Alemanno, who condemned what happened and banned demonstrations in Rome for a month. (Also this post from another Italian blogger offers a reading of the facts similar to mine)

Meanwhile, Italian medias did their part “informing” tv-watching grandpas, housewives and average Joes that the name of the new scare was actually an old one: Black Blocs. The problem is not sitting in parliament, but it’s in the streets.

Interestingly enough, as I said earlier, as protests continue to take place all over the world, even though the reasons why people got down in the streets might have been slightly different at a first superficial glance, common patterns start to emerge.

People want to participate more in public life, they want more transparent institutions and better economic policies; those who abundantly eat off the actual system and are in power respond with tear gases and truncheons. Nice.

Two days ago in Oakland, California,  24-year-old protester Scott Olsen got his skull fractured during clashes with the police. He is a Marine Corp war-veteran from Iraq. Could he be a Black Bloc too, just like “Er Pelliccia“?

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