On February 18, another demonstration against the supply of Western weapons to Ukraine met in Pisa, Italy. Photo: www.usb.it
On Saturday, February 18, another demonstration against the supply of Western weapons to Ukraine gathered in front of the Galileo Galilei airport, located in Pisa, Italy. The choice of the location for the demonstration was not accidental: the employees of this particular air port went on strike in March 2022 and refused to load on board the plane weapons for Kiev, which the suppliers presented as humanitarian aid.
– The workers of Tuscany want to build bridges of Peace, not war! Put down your guns, raise your wages! the protesters chanted.
The organizers of the protest, as in the previous year, were the regional branch of one of the largest unions (more than a million members) in Italy: Unione Sindacale di Base (USB). Local pacifists and representatives of the “Italian Communist Party” (PCI) also joined the demonstration.
Labor rights advocates called on the government to “stop spending money on guns and instead allocate it to real priorities for Italy’s working men and women.”
“In the face of an escalation of the conflict, as evidenced by the shipment of new military aid,” said the USB in a statement, “and in the face of a progressive deterioration of the social conditions of a growing sector of the population as a direct consequence of the Italy’s involvement in the conflict, we demand that weapons be lowered and wages raised.
It should be noted that the union has already made similar calls during the general strike on December 2 and the national demonstration on December 3, 2022.