Away from the curtains, away from the cinema too. On the morning of Tuesday 19 September it was cleared the former Splendor cinema, occupied since last Saturday by Milanese students protesting against high rents. “We were woken up like in the movies, thrown out of bed with flashlights in your facewithout any dignity and respect,” he tells ilFattoQuotidiano.it Janusstudent ofState University of Milanamong the 15 occupants of the abandoned building in avenue Grand Stone. Together with university colleagues and temporary workers he is part of the movement “Tents in the square“, the collective born to defend the right to live in one of the most expensive cities in Italy.
Five trucks and no resistance from the students and workers, who in these minutes they are reorganizing with a garrison in front of the Milan Polytechnic, where the movement began. “We left in an orderly manner and only once outside did we realize the extent of the police operation,” says the boy, underlining how the dialogue started with the Milan Police Headquarters to discuss the position of the occupants of the building , privately owned and decommissioned since 2007, had been interrupted two days ago until the sudden eviction. During the intervention the authorities sseized the phones of young people and have identified 11 people.
The “Tents in the square” protest, born to denounce the rental situation for students in Milan between prices and the absence of guarantees for precarious tenants, had already returned in front of the Polytechnic of Milan last Monday, when over 50 people showed up with tents and sleeping bags in front of the institute in Piazza Leonardo.
The silence on the part of the Municipality of Milan, which in recent months had started some discussion tables with the protesters and a forum on living. “It is clear that these were cosmetic meetings,” denounces the student. “This is demonstrated by the fact that until a few days ago institutional figures such as the councilor delegated for Housing and Neighborhood Plan Francis Maran praised our initiative, while their silence on this matter is increasingly burdensome”, he continues. Not only that, the students’ impression is that the sudden decision to evict comes following the climate of intolerance towards the Government’s popular food demonstrations, while “it is absurd that the Municipality does not have the political courage to take a position”, concludes Giano .
For the hours 18 this evening, Tuesday 19 September, the collective organized a garrison with tents in front of Palazzo Marino, waiting for the meeting with the Mayor scheduled for Friday 22nd, organized by the Municipality of Milan and currently confirmed.