On the night between the 20th and 21st of November, Gabriele, a comrade
from Milan, was arrested and transferred to San Vittore prison.
Following the first hearing, on Wednesday 22 November he was granted
house arrest with all restrictions, where he is now. An EAW (European
Arrest Warrant) issued by Hungary hung over him for the events of
February 2023, when some neo-Nazis present in Budapest to commemorate
the ‘Day of Honour’ were attacked.
Already in the weekend of February
11th, some comrades were arrested in Budapest, of whom Ilaria and
Tobias are still imprisoned awaiting trial at the end of January 2024.
At the end of October, for the same facts for which the Italian comrade
and the German comrade are accused, Hungary issued 14 EAWs, two of which
were addressed to Italian comrades. To date, only Gabriele’s arrest has
The next appointment with the Italian justice system
for him will be the hearing in the court of appeal, the competent
extradition body, set for 5 December, in wich, the decision for
extradition will be discussed.
We express our total solidarity with
Gabriele and renew our closeness to Ilaria and Tobias. A thought of
courage and good wishes also to all the German comrades wanted by the
authorities for these EAWs.
We want Gabri to stay in Italy and be
free! We stand against his extradition into the hands of fascist Orbán’s
‘justice’ that would like to see our comrades sentenced to years and
years in prison on charges of opposing Nazis.
The investigation and
trial, which has received a lot of media coverage in both Hungary and
Germany, and the heavy charges our comrades are being put on trial with,
seem to send out a clear warning: there is no problem if thousands of
neo-Nazis, some of them organised in paramilitary formations ready to
strike and kill as we have seen all over Europe, gather for their
commemoration, but if anyone dares to try to fight them directly, the
repression and the punishment for the ones standing against them must be
For us, it is just as right and necessary to fight the
Nazis, as it is to stand by those accused and wanted by the European
police for carrying out anti-fascist actions. We will not be bowed down
by repression! Let us mobilise everywhere so that Gabriele is not
transferred to a Hungarian prison where, as if that were not enough, the
detention conditions are among the worst in Europe.
Budapest Antifascist Solidarity Committee