Organisers of the first strike of foreigners in Italy to continue the fight
After successfully organizing the first national strike of foreigners in Italy, the organizers now plan to create a solid movement to continue fighting for the rights of immigrants.
On 1st March, public squares throughout Italy were filled up with demonstrators wearing yellow T-shirts, ribbons, and carrying yellow balloons to mark Italy’s first ever general strike of foreigners.
At least 300,000 people took part in the demonstrations throughout the country.
The strike was organised by a group which was formed on Facebook. It gradually gained support of associations of foreigners in Italy, some trade unions and leftwing political parties including the Democratic Party.
The group called “1st March 2010 Strike of Foreigners”, is composed of people of all races, gender, faith, education and political leanings, immigrants, descendants of immigrants and native Italians.
“We are brought together by awareness of the importance of the social, cultural and economic contribution of immigration to our country. We are outraged by the smear campaign against foreigners in Italy, which has led to a barbaric, racist atmosphere and the adoption of discriminatory laws which are far from the principles and the spirit of our Constitution,” said the Manifesto for “1st March 2010 Strike of Foreigners”.
The central committee is grateful to all the local committees, associations of immigrants, and all individuals who believed in the initiative and worked hard for its success.
The 1st March 2010 strike of foreigners has left a solid foundation for the creation of a political movement, the central committee said.
It now plans to hold a general assembly of all the local committees in order to work towards the creation of a political forum with clear objectives and strategies to continue fighting for immigrants’ rights.