Adriano Sofri et Shalabayeva case
I read today the interview that Adriano Sofri made to Alma Shalablayeva.
I would like to share my comments also referring to one of my previous posts made some days ago.
In order to avoid misunderstandings, I would like to specify that Adriano Sofri is now free citizen and a respectable person, at least as I know of.
It is not my intention to morally judge anyone, let alone long gone events. In my early age I was very close to an extreme left wing political movement, named LOTTA CONTINUA , and Sofri was our leader. Several years later it was found out that it was some members of that movement that killed a Police Official, Luigi Calabresi. According to a definitive Court Decision it was the same Adriano Sofri who commissioned the murder. Today Sofri is a fully respectable journalist, who writes articles that I often share, he paid his debt towards justice even if he always claimed himself innocent.
I would like everyone, including also Sofri, to acknowledge that that vile act was a terrorist act and that had nothing to do with the legitimate political struggle. I believe that the 70s and the 80s were years full of violence against democracy, which may not have been prefect and may have been corrupted in some cases, but it was a democracy. Those years had nothing in common with what is happening nowadays in Kazakhstan, where oppression and repression is clear. Not even in this case, however, I would share terrorist acts.
To sum up, I wish the Kazakh matter was not exploited from any part. One may get to the paradoxical situation of comparing Berlusconi to a victim of political persecution or comparing the Italian political terrorists of the 70s and of today to the Kazakh protesters. It is not so: the Kazakh matter is a different story, it belongs to a different context which is in full social and economical transformation and that witnessed several victims amongst the population, all facts that have been exposed by several human rights non governmental organizations.
Until now Sofri kept his personal story aside from the facts that he daily writes about. I do hope he continues to do so and that he does not try to find eventual explanations to distant past events and ideologies, of which no one can be proud.
I wish the Kazakh people will be able to solve their situation without bloodshed and without terror acts, which are always deplorable.