Rome gathering: Iraqi Resistance supporters take roots in Europe
Wednesday, October 5, 2005
1) Oct 2 Rome: 300 people, 15 intl delegations
2) Final resolution of the gathering Rome Oct 2
3) Italian embassy use dogs against Haj Ali
4) Participants' list
5) Speakers' list
1) Success of the international gathering in Rome, Oct 2
The hall was full with some 300 participants, many people had to stand
listening for more then 6 hours to numerous interventions without a break.
The anger and protest against the negation of the visas was big. The
fact that those who had been tortured are also banned to speak out
pushed people ahead to take action not only in support of the Iraqi
liberation struggle but also for the democratic rights in Europe.
The fact that the secretary of the National Secretary of the Union of
Islamic Communities did not dare to come because of intimidations -
sending his fraternal anti-imperialist greetings to the assembly -
demonstrated how much the democratic rights are endangers today by the
anti-Muslim and anti-terrorist witch hunt.
The gathering marks three steps ahead opening a new stage of our
struggle in support of the Iraqi people's freedom:
The strong conviction to carry on, to strengthen and intensify our
efforts, the understanding that we are amidst a historic struggle
could not only be heard from the podium but also by the participants,
in the lively discussions on the streets outside the hall.
The bridge which could be constructed to parts of the anti-war
movement including the Christian sector. While only one year ago their
radical wings gave only conditioned support to the Resistance,
expressed as well in the reluctance to co-operate with us, now joined
our position of unconditional support and lends us solidarity against
the attempted repression. The rumours about the "friends of
terrorists" have been exchanged with the need to commonly defend the
right of free expression.
The grown international unity express by delegations from some 15
countries: We can say that the network of supporters of the Iraqi
Resistance as been consolidated and is able to take common action
All this is being expressed in the programme of activities worked out
by the meeting of the international delegations and adopted by the
Free Iraq Committees Italy
2) Rome Oct 2, final document
The following is the document issued at the conclusion of the
international gathering of the forces that organized the conference on
Iraq, "For a just peace, with the Resistance" in Rome, Oct 2, 2005
Today's international gathering has been an occasion of protest, of
solidarity and of struggle but at the same time also of new proposals.
First of all we denounce those who cause the tremendous oppression the
Iraqi people suffer. At the same time we denounce the attacks on the
most elementary democratic rights, including even the right to free
expression in Europe.
The denial of a visa for Haj Ali, the symbol of torture in Abu Ghraib,
follows the refusal to issue visas to the six high representatives of
the Iraqi society who had been scheduled to speak at the conference in
Chianciano. It is a shameful decision curbing the liberties gained in
decades of struggle and finally even hatefully striking even the
victims of US torture.
Our full solidarity goes to Haj Ali and all the victims of the
We express this very same solidarity to the courageous Resistance of
the Iraqi people who, by confronting history's largest war machine, is
fighting at the same time against the overall plans of US imperialism
to dominate the world. Therefore the significance of the struggle
reaches far beyond the borders of Iraq and is an example to follow for
all oppressed people of the world.
Our gathering was one of struggle, of people who do not want to give
in to the existing state of affairs, who want to fight for the freedom
of the peoples and who want to stop the criminal madness called the
"war of civilisations".
To give substance to this battle we adopted a program of activity
which serves at the same time as a proposal to all the components of
the movement against the war who hold that the struggle for peace
needs to be connected to the resistance against the political,
military, economic and cultural oppression by imperialism. The
struggle for peace must have as its target a "just peace" respecting
the rights of the peoples, and based on the principle of
self-determination and national sovereignty, which is the exact
contrary of the "pax americana" which the occupation is trying to
impose on Iraq.
Here is the plan of action developed during the discussion among the
international delegations present:
1. Consolidation of the European network in support of the Iraqi
Resistance and its eventual international enlargement. This network
has already produced important results. But today the conditions have
matured, paving the way to strengthen the co-ordination and increase
the efficiency of common action. All the forces present in Rome commit
themselves to do their best to go ahead in this sense.
2. The first campaign we have to launch is to bring Haj Ali to Europe
to begin the scheduled tour denouncing the brutality of the
imperialist occupation. The NO to the visa for Haj Ali by the Italian
government - i.e. of a state which participates in the occupation with
some 3,000 soldiers - must and can be fought. It is nothing else than
an acid test involving the remaining spaces for freedom on our
continent. We thereby call upon all sincere democrats to mobilise in
defence of liberty. To stop these latest anti-democratic attacks,
carried out under the guise of "anti-terrorist laws," we need to give
a strong, united and immediate answer.
We therefore appeal to all available forces to leave nothing untried -
so that nobody can claim he didn't knew what was happening.
Haj Ali's tour will be throughout the continent to bring the voice of
the truth to any corner of Europe and confront the lies about the
"just war" the corporate media promotes.
This will offer an occasion to remind everyone of the existence of the
desaparecidos, the Iraqis kidnapped by the occupations troops who have
never reappeared, like Abduljabbar Al Kubaysi, the secretary of the
Iraqi Patriotic Alliance.
3. In parallel, the preparations for the international conference with
the high representatives of Iraqi society originally scheduled for
Chianciano, Italy, will be carried out. Their presence is
indispensable not only to let the Iraqis speak for themselves, not
only to give the word to the Iraqi opposition and Resistance, but
first of all to pave the way for their international legitimacy and
This is what is really at stake. To achieve this objective we invite
all the forces who want to contribute to the liberation struggle of
the Iraqi people to a united mobilisation.
The international delegations present in Rome unanimously agree to
carry on the struggle to make the conference possible. In the coming
weeks these delegations will evaluate the possibilities in various
European countries, while the efforts to hold the conference in Italy
continue and will even be stepped up. After having probed the ground
in the different countries, the network will set the date and place of
In the meantime we confirm our united and international support to all
the initiatives in solidarity to the Resistance starting with those in
Germany and Greece already scheduled for the coming months.
Regarding Italy we support the mobilisation for a national
demonstration to take place by the end of the year as a united attempt
to re-launch the movement against the war, for a clear support to the
Iraqi Resistance and against the increasing attack on democratic rights.
The strength of the Iraqi Resistance, the growth of the popular
opposition to the occupation and the rejection of the constitution
imposed by the US and its allies allows us great hopes in a victory
over the imperialist forces. This hope must be assimilated by all the
forces in the world who have been fighting against the war.
This is today our task. The plan of activity which we have adopted is
aimed at responding to this need.
There are struggles which mark epochs. Today it is on the shoulders of
the Iraqi people to defend the front line separating freedom from
tyranny. We will support them in every possible way, for freedom and
self-determination of Iraq, and for the defeat of imperialist tyranny
throughout the world.
Rome, October 2, 2005
3) The dogs of Abu Ghraib return
A new detail from the attempt of Haj Ali to get visa from the Italian
embassy in Amman
We have already denounced that the Italian embassy in Jordan did not
issue visa to a victim of US torture in Iraq by using a ridiculous
formal argument. Thus they tried to veil their subordination to
Washington which does not want to have spread the truth about their
crimes against humanity.
Yesterday we learnt that Haj Ali invited two TV journalists, one of
which was Olivia Rousset of SBS, Australia, to accompany him to the
embassy in order to avoid new humiliations. However, the exact
Arriving at the entrance with the cameras the embassy's security
service threatened the group with dogs reminding Haj Ali again of the
torture by dogs by the US army in the prison camp of Abu Ghraib. The
journalist were ordered to leave the place and Haj Ali had to go in
Free Iraq Committees Italy
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