Eight members of the Italian Senate and two members of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, all belonging to the left-wing of the ruling coalition (l’Unione, led by Prime Minister Romano Prodi) have announced their intention to vote against the government on the issue of
The new “center-left” government, betraying the expectations of the majority of its electors, has announced a phased withdrawal of troops from
Since l’Unione holds no majority in the Senate without the eight Senators, there is tremendous pressure being exerted on the latter to get them to change their stance, in the name of coalition solidarity and interest, including a threat to move the decree by means of a vote of confidence that would face them with the choice between reneging on their stance or letting the government fall. However, the latter threat is defused by the announcement by some members of the “center-right” that they will vote for the decree extending the mission of Italian troops in Afghanistan, as they don’t want to abstain on an issue that they support wholeheartedly, particularly since the Afghan deployment was initiated by the Berlusconi government to which they belonged.
To counter the pressures exerted on them, the antiwar MPs have launched a petition and called for expressions of support. These will be reported at an important antiwar assembly, organized by the Peace movement and the antiwar MPs, to be held in
debate and vote in the Senate will take place in the last week of July.
The build-up of support, including international support, for the antiwar Italian MPs is thus very important for their fight and their ability to resist the pressure.
There are two ways for supporting them: either by signing the petition at www.sinistracritica.org (see below for an English translation of the petition and the information needed to sign it) or — if you are well-known in
DON’T VOTE FOR THIS
A call for support of the Senators and Deputies who have announced that they will vote against the decree for re-funding of the [Italian participation in the Nato] mission in
The Prodi government, carrying on from the previous government, has decided to maintain Italian troops in
These last years, we have protested “with no if and no but” against all wars, including the war in
For these reasons,
We call on members of Parliament to cast a vote that is consistent with their own convictions, and we call on l’Unione to acknowledge this clear stance and make a turn toward an “exit strategy” from
[Following is the translation of the headings for the information that needs to be filled in in order to sign the petition]
Indirizzo e-mail [E-mail address]
CittÃ [City and Country]
Struttura [Organization; you can also write here instead your profession or whatever information about you is relevant; if you wish to leave that space blank, just type any character in]
After filling the four spaces, click on Invia [Send]
Noam Chomsky’s Letter to the Italian Antiwar MPs
I have learned of your courageous stand against