A SOCIAL NO IN ITALY AGAINST THE RENZI GOVERNMENT AND CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM

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A SOCIAL NO IN ITALY AGAINST THE RENZI GOVERNMENT AND CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM

Their living conditions got worse, and many responsibilities are connected to the Government policies.

Since 2013, the Democratic Party (PD) and the Neo-Center-Right (NCD), the party of Interior Minister Alfano, representing a corporative financial and entrepreneurial block in the country, promoted together a series of reforms in favour of financial speculation and labour precarization.

The so-called “housing plan”, who discriminates poor people, and the “Jobs Act”, extending economic threats and deregulation against the working class, are two of the most noxious decisions taken by Renzi and his ministries.

Meanwhile, when some important Italian banks lost money and credits, (e.g. the Monte dei Paschi di Siena, strictly related to the Democratic Party elite), their debts were shared with their unlucky savers. Now, as the World ponders about the Brexit and Trump phenomena and their implications, Italy goes to a crucial constitutional Referendum, scheduled for next December 4. It was promoted by the same Prime Minister, who takes it personally as a judgment on his role.

Renzi announced this Referendum by saying that, in case of a “NO” affirmation, he will resign. Then, this political event quickly turned into a pro-Renzi or anti-Renzi choice, more than a mere constitutional debate. A short article in the Economist in the Economist well explains the significance and the real bet of this Referendum.

The grassroots movement, banned from the general media sphere, opted to take a clear position: to vote NO to the constitutional reform in order to throw out Renzi.

In spite of populist and racist revival, including also a part of Five Star Movement party, antagonist and autonomous opposition to the Constitutional Reform moves from local and radical struggles against exploitation and pillage of commons and rights, housing struggle, NoTav struggle, logistic workers' struggle, against the banks' speculation, and so on.

The coordination in and between local movements tries to unleash a strong social No against the Government of impoverishment, starting from the opposition to the Constitutional Reform. Anyway, struggles will continue after the December 4 vote - but, at the same time, the Social “C'é Chi dice NO” campaign included day after day more collectives, associations, citizens, in a broad opposition that could strengthen each single member.

For a considerable part of the Italian population, a Renzi victory will implement diktats and a further implementation of precarization and censorship. For the autonomous movement, a social opposition to the government is a goal to achieve in these weeks, starting from the first public appearance in Florence last November 5th, when thousands of protesters laid siege to the Renzi "Leopolda" kermesse, clashing with riot police.

Then, the social “C'è Chi dice NO” campaign took to the streets in Rome on last Sunday: 50k people marched across the city center, claiming for a general struggle against the Governement and capitalist powers. Despite of media censorship, November 27 marks the opening a new season of possibility for the movements, if they will be able to put in question the legitimacy of the current political system, rejecting both the “democratic” neoliberalism and the right-wing nationalist revival. In any case, the result of Constitutional referendum will mark an important step for the whole country, both for the Social No and the Renzi Government

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