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The Iraqi Patriotic Alliance condemns the arrests of the anti-imperialists

20. April 2004

Statement of solidarity from the Iraqi Patriotic Alliance, April 20, 2004

The Iraqi Patriotic Alliance (IPA) sharply condemns the arrests of the three comrades of the Anti-imperialist Camp (the international spokesman Moreno Pasquinelli, Alessia Monteverdi and Maria Grazia Ardizzone) and two Turkish exiles, supposedly members of the DHKP-C (Avni Er and Zeynep Kilic).

These arrests have nothing to do with fighting real terrorism. Their sole purpose is to silence the criticism from anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist organizations.

Through their work the anti-imperialist and anti-capitalist organizations have been revealing the political gap between the established political parties in Italy and the Italian people, who clearly support the just struggle of the Iraqi people as shown by the big demonstration on March 20, which demanded the withdrawal of Italian troops from Iraqi soil.

The arrests must be viewed in this context.

The IPA states that the struggle of the Iraqi people for the liberation of Iraq from the imperialist US-led occupation neither needs money, weapons nor individuals. The Iraqi resistance only needs the political and moral support of the peoples of the world, especially the Italian people, who fought the same battle in the 1940s as we Iraqis are doing now.

The popular uprising against the occupation in Iraq, which started on April 6, should make the Italian government withdraw its troops from Iraq and bring them home to their barracks and families.

Peace in the world can only be achieved by defeating imperialism and its foundation, capitalism.

The IPA demands that the Italian government immediately release all the arrested anti-imperialists and instead arrest the war criminals that are committing massacre upon massacre on the Iraqi people and on other peoples.

Full support for our comrades in Italy and elsewhere!

On behalf of the Iraqi Patriotic Alliance

Sammi Alaá