Free Trieste Movement

THE HOUSING SPECULATION IN THE FREE PORT AND THE DESTRUCTION OF THE ECONOMY OF TRIESTE

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The decision of the Commissioner of the Italian Government, Francesca Adelaide Garufi, to move away part of the free zone from the Northern Free Port of Trieste to hand over the area to the City, allowing its urbanisation must be evaluated also in respect to its possible economic impact.

Under international law, the operation launched by Italian authorities is completely illegal, since the area subject to the intervention is outside the jurisdiction of the State of Italy and belongs to the Free Territory of Trieste, of which the Free Port is a state corporation.

This is established with the 1947 Peace Treaty in force and it has been just confirmed by the United Nations Security Council with document S/2015/809 of date 23 October 2015. The legal status of the Free Territory of Trieste is unchanged and Italy cannot claim sovereignty over it since it has lost that at the coming into force of the Peace Treaty.

The decision of Commissar Garufi must therefore be interpreted as a further step of the policy of Italian authority based on mere facts without legal ground. In other words, being it impossible annexing the Free Territory of Trieste by committing an evident violation of the Treaty of Peace, they keep dismembering it step by step, document after document. And now, after ransacking the properties of State of the Free Territory of Trieste turning them into properties of the State of Italy, it is the turn of the Free Port.

It is all null and void under the law: each violation of the Peace Treaty cannot hai legal force before the International Community. But, at the same time, Italy, partially taking advantage of the  complessive international situation, runs against time to archive an operation worth the golden era of piracy.

Il tentativo di sdemanializzare il Porto Franco Nord di Trieste verrà naturalmente contrastato ad ogni livello con gli strumenti di diritto che lo stesso Trattato di Pace mette a disposizione della comunità internazionale e dei cittadini del Territorio Libero di Trieste, ma vale comunque la pena valutare quello che gli speculatori istituzionali italiani vorrebbero fare occupando e sopprimendo una delle Free Zone del Porto di Trieste.

All explanations come right from the City Council of Trieste, first in line in this operation, which reconciles all the representatives of this “correct” corrupted Italian politics. This is a big deal, a very big one. Something like EUR 1,5 billions. And when it comes to this much money, all opponents, for weak that they might be, are overwhelmed. So, in a deafening silence (where is the so legalitarian Movimento 5 Stelle?), public security forces continue, all together, their march to the longed-for partition: this time there is plenty to catch for all.

According to the City Council of Trieste, the “Old Port” (actually, the Northern Free Port) removed from the properties of State and urbanised would become a new city by the sea. Houses, shops, shopping centres, touristic marina, cultural centres and everybody else the “nice” speculators that smell of Mafia can imagine. It will be an “epoch marking” change, which should increase the population of 100,000 more inhabitants. 50% more than the current 200,000 inhabitants of a decaying and old city.

The new Montecarlo of the Balkans, instead of the free zones. Leisure-time activities instead of the productive ones. Complete madness: this way a society dies. It is enough imagining that as soon as such a massive housing speculation is unleashed, the cost of real estates (many are already empty and vacant) in Trieste would be depreciated of 50%: a massive loss for all real estate owners.

Equally dramatic would be the situation of enterprises. Business would now focus on the new urban area of the former old port, bending on their knees all activities (from little shops to malls) located in the city. Whoever does not make it to the port can only go out of business and expatriate.

And this is exactly the goal of the State of Italy: the ultimate destruction of Trieste and of its economy. 100,000 more inhabitants – obviously from abroad – instead of the people of Trieste, forced to leave. But where would those new inhabitants come from and what would they even do in a Trieste deprived of all productive activities? Right pensioners from allover Europe or poor immigrants from Africa to be exploited as new slaves? Hospital-city or refugee center?

In this outrageous project there is no future for Trieste and its people, except trae role of experimental laboratory for Italian mafias.

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

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