Free Trieste Movement


On August 15th started the first sit-ins on the State border of the Free Territory of Trieste. They were organized by the Free Trieste Movement and they will continue until September 15. The sit-ins are held at the old frontier posts, slowly dismissed by Italy since the early 1990s.

This is not a mere demonstration, but also a correct mean to inform about the current existence of a State border, established under the Treaty of Peace of 1947 and, as for the North, with the Republic of Italy, unchanged ever since.

The current State border of the Free Territory of Trieste, with Slovenia, on the land, is about 100Km long, while it measures less than 10Km with Italy.


During the weekend of the Ferragosto (August 15th) there were 3 sit-ins. Two on the border with Italy (mouth of the Timavo and not far away from the town of Medeazza) and one on the border with Slovenia (Gorjansko). During the first two days, thousands of  multilingual flayers are distributed to tourists visiting and leaving the Free Territory of Trieste.

The initiative is very well-received and gathers many participants. Among the foreigners in travel, Slovenians and Austrians are the most informed, Germans less. Sounding horns, as a greeting. The people are happy, they greet the volunteers at the sit-ins. The halberd flags of the Free Territory of Trieste, by now under Italian occupation, fly fierce in the wind that announces a summer shower. Off, to freedom.


Translated from blog “Ambiente e Legalità” – “Environment and Legality” by Roberto Giurastante