An Italian shop steward at the Ferrari Auto factory in Modena has been accused by the police on trumped up charges as a result of his participation in an anti-fascist demonstration. He is a member of the Communist Refoundation Party (PRC) and a supporter of FalceMartello.
Labourstart has taken up his case and created an easy way for people to add their names to the protest:
Matteo Parlati, a shop steward for the FIOM-CGIL union at Ferrari Auto in Modena was denounced because he took part in a demonstration in October 2011 in Modena against a neofascist group which was celebrating the Fascist March on Rome from 1922. During that demonstration, police charged at the anti-fascists. Matteo is now accused, together with other 13 demonstrators, of resisting police officers and to have had a 'moral responsibility' for the clashes between the police and the antifascists. This is not true. In fact, Matteo was clubbed in the head by a police officer, as clearly showed by photos and videos. The local judge and prefect are simply trying legalize Fascist organizations and to suppress the anti-Fascists. All the shop stewards at Ferrari Auto's FIOM-CGIL union have called for a global campaign of solidarity with Matteo Parlati, who is guilty of no crime.
The original appeal signed by dozens of shop stewards and trade union leaders in Italy can be seen in Italian on the FalceMartello website.