The collective appeals process for 53 anti-TAV railway activists charged in connection with a chaotic July 3, 2011, protest have ended with 38 convictions.
The second degree sentences were modified by time served, reductions of sentences, extenuating circumstances and parole sentences. These are still heavy, but the severity was reduced in comparison to the first degree sentences many faced for throwing stones and firecrackers at police, who had to disperse the crowds with a water canon.
The movement lingers in the bitterness. It sees the sentences as an injustice perpetrated in the name of a legality that does not see the social and economic value of a struggle that wants to save a part of Italian territory from devastation and plunder. “The legitimacy of the prosecution in the first instance was recognized satisfactorily,” said Attorney General Franco Saluzzo. “There were no evident particular moral and social value reasons for attenuating the sentences.”