By Blogo.it editorial team on Tuesday 8 September 2020
Cesare Battisti announces the hunger strike and the refusal of therapy. For over a year and a half, the former terrorist of the armed proletarians has been in daytime solitary confinement at the Oristano prison. The measure, according to its lawyer, is “in fact it is completely illegitimate”. Hence the decision of his client announced in a public letter.
“The grip of the Penitentiary Administration Department meticulously implemented by the Oristano prison authorities – writes Battisti – defiantly resisted all my attempts to restore legality, and the due concession of the rights provided for by law, but always stubbornly denied. My written or oral complaints addressed to this Directorate, to the surveillance magistrate, to public opinion were of no avail. Cesare Battisti is not even allowed to be surprised if in his case some laws are suspended: this is what I have been made to understand, in no uncertain terms, by different authorities “.
Battisti, sentenced to life in prison for 4 murders, was arrested in Bolivia in 2019 after 37 years in hiding. “Asking for treatment equal to that of any other prisoner – the former terrorist emphasizes – is a continuous, exhausting contest that involves the most ordinary acts of my daily life: the hour of air, the forced and unjustified isolation; insufficient medical attention; arbitrary retention of literary texts; applications systematically ignored; objects of various usefulness and work tools denied, even if provided for by the prison system, etc. “.
Cesare Battisti: “I ask for a transfer to another prison”
The long tug-of-war with the authorities ended with a stalemate, which is why Battisti just had to announce the hunger strike and the refusal of the therapies that are administered to him for the diseases he currently suffers from. The decision, he explains, was taken “to arrange for my transfer to a detention house where relations with family members and with external bodies provided for by the law as well as professional relationships aimed at sustenance and reintegration are facilitated. moreover, that my classification in the High Security regime for terrorists be revised, since – he concludes – the conditions of risk that would justify it no longer exist “.
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