Italy: Sardinia Island protesters target NATO Trident Juncture exercise


Italy – Sardinia Island protesters disrupt the largest military exercise of the NATO Alliance in more than a decade. The exercise named Trident Juncture 2015 has forces from 16 NATO Allies participating in the exercises together. Today’s action at Teulada military base on Sardinia Island was organized to disrupt the ongoing training and denounce the continued destruction and poisoning of Sardina Island.

The residents of Sardinia have experienced decades of rising cancers, leukemia and birth defect rates. The soil, air, food and water are contaminated with heavy metals, jet fuel and depleted Uranium. 

For over 50 years, Sardinia has been used by militaries and arms manufacturers to test new bullets, bombs, missiles and drones,  practice war scenarios, explode and bury tons of old weapons and chemicals. Sardina is currently home to 60% of Italian military bases and operations.

Infoaut – Today more than 600 demonstrators from all over Sardinia reached Porto Pino in order to march towards the Teulada military shooting range; their goal: to show aversion, disturbing and preventing the biggest NATO military exercise of in recent years, the Trident Juncture.

The great march in Cagliari last Saturday revamped already this important event that has put the police apparatus on alert, which has tried by all their means to create a mood of tension and intimidation around the demonstration.

Two days ago the Police Department declared through the media that the march would not be allowed and in the previous days, 20 fogli di via (expulsion orders) from the Sant’Anna Arresi and Teulada municipalities were issued to as many comrades that had publicly declared with determination, that they were still going to Teulada.

CS5S0Z6WsAA3wWv An impressive deployment of more than 100 police agents guarded the perimeter of the shooting range on the Porto Pino beach. There is also a massive presence of police and carabinieri roadblocks at the accesses of Porto Pino’s first beach, the meeting point of the demonstration going to the shooting range. Entry to the whole beach is forbidden.

The first buses arriving in Porto Pino were halted and searched with an unreasonably long operation, like an actual checkpoint. Several comrades with the foglio di via were identified and brought away by the carabinieri and now are detained at the police barracks of the nearby town of Giba.

Three buses that were halted at the Sant’Anna Arresi, Teulada and Is Domus crossroads, that had been trapped for two hours, have been approached by the demonstrators that managed to gather at the first beach’s parking lot.

A single procession was grouped at the Is Pillonis area and turns back towards Porto Pino. Several police roadblocks were outflanked, the demonstration ban is broken. While the march advances, the roars of the military operation at the nearby shooting range are clearly heard.

2.45pm. The march strays on a dirt road before the Porto Pino crossroads at the Is Brebeis area along the pond. A most nervous police charges at the rear. Tear gas being thrown, the demonstrators resist. Several are wounded. Now the march is broken. The deputy police commissioner Rossi, who is out of control, yells and threatens arrests, but the demonstrators do not give up and proceed.

3.00pm. Some groups proceeded towards the shooting range, one big group stays in the dirt road while another one stands still on the asphalt road. Police are having a hard time in controlling the situation.

3.15pm. At least 20 demonstrators managed to cut the fences down and break into the shooting range! Other groups are following them. The military exercise is halted! The bigger part of the demonstration remains blocked on the asphalt road, while police is massively deployed at the dirt crossroads. Image from the protest highlights the explosions from the NATO military training in the distance.

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