The Marxist Tendency in Italy gathered around the journal FalceMartello
organised its first ever open air festival in Bologna between June 21st and 24th.
It attracted several thousand people and was a success in every sense of
the word, financially and politically. Here we provide a brief report of the
four days and also some short
videos (in Italian).
The comrades of FalceMartello organised their first ever
national festival, "Festa
Rossa", in Bologna on June 21-24. About 4000 people passed through the
festival over the four days, where they could take part in debates, eat
traditional local food at the restaurant, browse through a big selection of
books, listen to free concerts, etc. Next week we will provide a more detailed
report, but for now we invite you to watch short videos of the four-day event.
At the last congress of Rifondazione Comunista (2005) the Italian Marxists of FalceMartello presented their own national document. A comrade sent a letter questioning the kind of transitional demands presented. Here we publish the letter with a reply from the Italian Marxists, an interesting debate on what kind of demands should be raised at each turn of events.
On Wednesday the Prodi government was forced to resign
after losing a crucial vote in the Senate. This reveals the extreme instability
of the political situation in the country, but it also poses sharply the
contradictions in which the PRC has placed itself.
In spite of having
promised no more NATO or US
bases in Italy, the Prodi
government has gone ahead and agreed to a big expansion of the Vicenza base. This has
provoked anger among the left electorate which was clearly seen on last
Saturdayâ€™s massive demonstration of at least 150,000.