The most important thing at the beginning: For this book, it is worthwhile to learn Italian! I have frequently pointed out that "La Reppubblica" one of the few print media is that the phenomenon of "urban violence in football environment," largely judgmental and objectively present themselves and as comfortable from the common dull monotony of "evil anarchists - good police" (or vice versa) stand out. Core of recherche joyous troop is the journalist Carlo Bonini, who now presents a reference work on the subject of "ACAB". The title, 70s Song of the 4-Skins and today anthem and trademarks of ultras, hooligans and left and right activists is hard, but worthy of the subject and may induce anyone to still believe anyone here would try his luck in simple recriminations . Because there are innocent people in Bonini not simple answers even less.
The first two chapters (a kind of prologue, which is the Epilogue in the logic of the narrative) show the stress fields between which the hyperreal written story will move: The first chapter tells of a brutal assault of a majority of Napoli Ultras on a Fiat with Laziali on the highway. Life is ultimately saved the Lazio fans - irony of history - by chance passing by a police patrol. The second chapter consists of a batch comparison of the official manual to use baton use with a cool list of violations of G8 opponents. I think I need to note that it does not have the described violations of demonstrators close to standard real truncheon may be used.
And here begins the story of the three protagonists of "ACAB", Rome's former deputy police chief Fournier and the two task forces of the mobile police ("celerini") "Drago" and "Lo sciatto". Using detailed research (and obviously excellent sources in both camps), their meeting is on the 7th Romans unit (hereinafter only the "VII") described, a handpicked group of 70 of the best mobile police forces that Rome was set up. What are these "best" to define themselves, yet are clearly in the course of the book. Barracks, drilled military deliberately pumped full of testosterone, with martial fighting equipment (a special T-shaped metal truncheon from the Martial liable "to shatter around ox bone" to leave) and strictly right attitude, the VII in the center of the attacks on demonstrators during is resistance are in Genoa against the G8 summit in 2001, when they in a " macelleria messicana "a "clean" school of distinctly violent resisters . The events are the center of a media storm against police violence and the subsequent court hearings and also the recurring core episode or "original sin" of Boninis book.
Fournier will be the only one in real life, turns against the esprit de corps of the police forces and confirmed in his statement of the illegality, naked violence and bloodlust of VII in the Diaz school and its own "comrades" bringing in distress in the process. That this behavior is not very well received by those who is self Bonini and leaves in a chat a recording from the internal message boards of mobile use commands impressive document speak the Interior Ministry. Bonini reportiert here a rare glimpse into the mindset of the men behind the mask and shield, a document of fascist attitude, team spirit, aggression, suburban origins and lack of awareness of injustice. Individual voices anmahnen that one is subjected to in his choice of means in this "civil war" rule of law, be totgebrüllt by the majority of the pack with regard to civil war just states: honor! Camaraderie! Loyalty!
Seven years later, the three main characters of "ACAB" find right in the eye of the tornado, all offset (the VII was dissolved just as quickly to Genoa as it was specifically recruited for the summit), with new tasks entrusted (football stadiums, deportation illegal immigrants, lifeguards ...), made partly in court: In November 2007, the shot roadhouse "Badia al Pino" in Arezzo the Lazio ultras Gabriele Sandri and what exactly should still be backing up a simple football match in Rome's Olympic Stadium against Cagliari, threatens this time really to escalate into civil war. Gewaltepisodien from football stadiums run through the entire book, "Lo sciatto" is accused of a Ultrà erroneously excessive force and can in court - leave of superiors - just under his neck out of the noose tighten (with the help of his communist lawyer, there is at Bonini no ideological fixed points). In parallel, the cooperation of the heads of the Roma and Lazio groupings to be against illegal encroachments barracks of the Romanians after the rape of Giovanna Reggiani described. The stresses along the fault lines of modern Italian society vibrant and noticeable on the road they are discharged. It is a new level of violence to the house and involved "Celerini" are experienced enough to guess what they expected - suddenly deep black Ultras are also fascist police forces towards and from the illegal alien nor lowest common denominator "padroni della nostra terra "(" Men on Earth ") is in the aftermath of the death Sandris a battle an outbreak of hatred. And a battle in which no one is really clear on which side he stands and fights for what he actually - or what the "sides" are actually still.
Bonini describes meticulously the events in Rome when that November evening, police barracks in Rome burned and complain on both sides of dozens of serious injuries, were he describes by means of telephone recordings to contact the otherwise hostile to the finish ultras-groups, the rising desire for "action" the tactical coordination and the most accurate koordnierte action against the hastily drawn together and numerically inferior helpless police forces that are thrown into the fire for problems that they leave their political superiors to solve, and then just as quickly to distance themselves from them. Are used nail guns, swords, stones, tear gas, Molotov Kocktails and paper bombs, when the pent-up anger on both sides who feel abandoned by both state and press against each other discharges in an unprecedented orgy of violence. From the rumbling in the distance "assassini Assassini" and hurrying through the night hooded figures to the explosion of the destruction of delusion in flaming barracks Bonini tells the events of that night documentary, apparently from eyewitness perspective - a literary look through the shaky hand-held camera.
In the wake of these events still follows a digression on the participation of the most violent ultras-groups in the occupations of garbage dumps around Napoli. Again, Bonini is breathtaking scene again and competently prepare the compounds of individual Napoletan core groups and their locations in the "San Paolo" and their spheres of influence in the city of Naples, including connections to the heads of organized crime. And so our protagonists are the resources deployed by the mafia combat troops of BISL ("Basta infamous solo Lame" - "No more traitors, only knife") and NISS ("Niente Incontri solo Scontri" - "No coincidence, only disputes") in a symbolically charged as well as very real clash again towards the end. While the use of description only promised protests of angry residents, directed our "Gliellista" (after the tear gas grenade launcher GL-40 of the Italian mobile use commands) his gun up to his ankles in toxic waste standing against the dregs of Italian Ultras which overturned at an intersection a bus and have set fire to secure the funding sources of the local Camorra. "What is this power and where does it come from?" ask not only the participants but also the reader.
Anyone considering the significant title of a book now expected that romanticized the "celerini" condemned and Ultras will be disappointed. Bonini contains each rating, he denounces injustice and violence, a barely comprehensible street fighting in Italy but apparently civilized. He puts his finger into the wound and wrote a documentary book of hate, which takes place in the bowels of the country and is held on the streets. An abysmal hatred of the political caste, discharged from the losers Berlusconianischen social turmoil in Italy, which - actually grew up in the same circumstances, in the same parts of the city - suddenly find reflected in a fight without rules on different sides of the law. A hatred of the media, against injustice, against the arrogance of migrants, the lack of respect and appreciation for one's own position. Common to both is lack of understanding about the preparation of the Sunday Civil War in the media. Equally clear is the sense of "celerini" to have been left in the lurch by political leaders who have sent in this war. "Who covers our ass if something goes wrong? Top-up there about "At least here Bonini wrote a long-awaited and absolutely necessary book. "Osservatorio sulla Repressione" decides their review by saying that I would like to join:
"Ci sono tra cui scegliere mali, nessun santo a cui votarsi, ma qualche diavolo minore. Qualcuno Potra accusare Bonini contratto di aver una "sindrome di Stoccolma" verso i celerini. Chi pensa che "tutti i Poliziotti siano bastardi" non legga questo libro, ma neppure Chiami mai il 113 "
There are various evils to choose from, no holy instance, the one could turn to, at most some minor devil. One could accuse Bonini to have been prejudiced by the "Stockholm syndrome" against the use of force. Who believes that "all cops bastards" are, do not need to read this book, but do not call the 113th "
A gripping, true book, a good book and a journalist infinitely sad book. There is not innocent, but an equally disturbing and enlightening insight into what every damn Sunday in the country where the lemon trees bloom been happening. Bonini writes a documentation of pure hatred - a hatred for the non-responsible, the fight it - and the archaic values such as camaraderie, honor and loyalty, as well as twisted and perverted always ask about the perceived as corrupt and unjust law and desperately hold on to it. A law that removed every Sunday with more of their real life. A book that is a reality that is steeped in violence and frustration, and anger in a world that has lost its Rules, a book that takes the author aside from an outside position ordinary people by their first names, marriage problems Biography considered a suburb that has flushed the life on one or the other side of the front line and the - certainly with the wrong tools - seeking answers to a question that is not theirs.
Carlo Bonini - ACAB. All cops are bastards
Pag 196, € 16.50 - Edizioni Einaudi 2009 (libero styles Big)