“The Italian debt is not legitimate”

MILAN A new group wants to stop the Italian debt payment through analysis and historic precedence.

By Jesper Ernlund Lassen

The obligatory bunch of alternative youngsters below the age of 25 years is here too, but it is a mixed crowd that fills the auditorium of the University of Milan this evening.

Still there is one group forming the absolute majority: it is the grey-haired people around 60 years of age. Even in this age some of them look pretty alternative. One man with a full grey beard wears a knitted hat like Tom Hanks wears in the movie Philadelphia, but the man is here with his wife.

There are even a few men here that look suspiciously like lawyers or even bankers.

“We are here to “turn around the debt” – this is what “Rivolta it debito” means,” explains Emiliano Salvi, who is studying to become a translator and is one of the initiators of tonight’s meeting.

And it is all about the Italian debt here this evening.

Analysing the Italian debt

In a hearth-beat the auditorium actually gets nearly full and the grey-haired majority looks a bit funny on the humble, sitting on the university’s hard seats.

She has been nervously practicing before the room was filled with people. Now 24-years-old history student Marie Molise opens the meeting.

After a couple of Latin quotes that do not live up to the grand master of speech composition, Aristotle’s, way of starting a speech, she gets to the point and catches the listeners and keeps their attention.

“We meet here from different political directions to analyze the Italian debt – which is now 32.863 Euro per each Italian. We have now been told from above to pay. The austerity measures that are needed to pay pack the debt will come to have hurt us all.
This is why we want to engage all layers in society to make an analysis and finding ways not to pay back the debt,” Marie Molise says in her speech and she recieves big applause in the audience.

One of the men in suits is the next one to speak. He is an economist and supports that Italy finds a way not to pay back its debts.

Although no one in the audience looks as if they are really suffering the consequences of the debt crisis, the next speaker is a man in his late sixties, who gets very emotional as he talks about fiscal evasion. The moderator fails in several attempts to make the older man stop his speech, and he does not see them waving with a sign right next to him. Some in the rows start to giggle before he finally clears the space for a new speaker.

Finding a way not to pay back

After an over two hours long founding meeting of “Rivolta il debito”, the happening begins to go to an end. Some begin to wander off and others try to circumvent the smoke ban by smoking out of a window in the rare end of the auditorium. The cigarette smoke quickly fills the whole room.

Marie Molise is happy with the founding meeting of “Rivolta il debito.”

“We are going to make an analysis of how the debt came about and find ways not to pay it back,” says Marie Molise, who seems happy about the collected email addresses with which they will organize the analysis.

“We need to do this because it is the weak people in society, who will come to suffer from the many austerity measures that have already started. Just take a look at the interior state of the university,” says Molise. Indeed the condition of the buildings must be described as shoddy. Maintenance and cleaning look the worst in the restrooms, that look as if they have been vandalized.
We want to refuse to pay the debt and through the analysis made both by experts and common people we want to show, that the debt is not legitimate. Ecuador managed to do the same in 2008, so it is possible,” explains Marie Molise.

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