[Rome Tunis] The two sides of the revolt
|sabato 29 gennaio 2011||Scritto da Michele Morrocchi - 905 letture|
Not far more than 600 kilometers separate Rome from Tunisi. Two rebelling capitals, if we decide to credit Italian students’ movement as something more and different from a mere fight against a modest university reform.
How many newspaper, analysts, commentators, politicians told us that a generation took to the streets as their future was being stolen? The same commentators who, probably too occupied in imagining Italian regime, did not realize that a real non-democratic regime was falling in front of us.
On the one hand, a generation with full stomachs, as written in Labouaratorio n.52, often privileged, a generation which ended up defending the status quo rather than fighting for a real and full reform of their education system.
But this is not that important for those people nostalgic of the conflict, for those who used the clash images as “Proust Madeleleine” , to free the lost time of the 68 youth, or the failure of Genova G8 (a niche but perhaps more listened).
The same imaginary of the ones who complain for Mirafiori’s deal and speaks of the betrayal of white-collar proletarian, as if today, in 2011, the dimension of class conflict had the same old forms and words, as if postfordism and toyotism and international division of labor never took place.
On the other hand, the same generation took to the streets and toppled down the power, starting from the oldest form of protest: the one against the rise of bread price, not I-Phone’s. They did it without a plan, without a defined leadership. And, today, they probably are even astonished by events unforeseen and unforeseeable.
From our Occident, inadequate and unable to comprehend what is happening in African continent, we first ignored and then we told ourselves the story of the revolution on twitter, the absolutory and reassuring version of a civil society, cultivate and European, ready to bring Tunisia within our occidental ivory tower.
At governmental level, however, nothing seems to move in order to push toward that direction; rather the only words pronounced by our Foreign Minister have been a paean to dictator Gheddafi’s local reform. In front of the tyrant fleeing we ended up to take the part of his similar, proposing a renewed, XXI century’s version of Marie Antoinette’s brioches.
In the meantime, northern Africa exploded, because nothing inspire more than a positive example. Tunisia, secular country, remains unstably balanced between democracy and fundamentalism; if the rebellion, after Egypt, will expand to Algeria and Mauritania, then we can foresee a far bigger weight for extremist forces.
It is not a news: Al Qaeda penetrated in Islamic Maghreb and is ready to exploit the space that the fall of the regimes is going to offer, especially towards the poor people in Cairo and Algeri.
The international community, the Occident, wait at the window, incapable of understanding the underlying risks (but opportunities as well) of a finally democratic Africa; suspended from a often bungler neo-activism labeled USA (see South Sudan referendum) and a Chinese interest looking to markets and commodities, not caring much for democracy and individual rights.
Finally, the Middle East, with Israel even more threatened by the radicalization of its neighborhood, and by a Lebanon ready to sink in new internal fights, as Hezbollah’s stepping out from the government shows, followed to the timid attempt made by the UN to celebrate the trial for the murder of former Lebanese premier.
It was a quite unpleasant future, the one in which Italian young protesters would find themselves living in, just a few step from their play-stations.
Michele Morrocchi, 35 years old, past leader of DS and PD. Nowadays, he is dealing with IT as a job and rather than throw his money at the Casino he produces movies, with even less opportunities to enrich. He writes on the Nuovo Corriere di Firenze.