On Saturday 16th March 2013, around 10,000 people took part in a demonstration in Milan to commemorate ten years since the murder of Davide Cesare aka ‘Dax’ by fascists.
Traffic in the city centre was blocked while a section of the demonstration attacked banks and luxury hotels with rocks, hammers and flares. Others sprayed graffiti on the city’s walls: ‘Dax odia ancora’ (‘Dax still hates’) or ‘Dax Vive’ (‘Dax lives’). Also, the Scuola Militare Teuliè – one of the oldest military academies in the world – was attacked as activists kicked open the doors, smashed windows and threw flares inside the building and there were clashes with the police, in which the police fired teargas at demonstrators.
The demonstration was organised in several blocs, representing groups from across the country and abroad. Blocs representing students’ organisations, anti-fascist groups and social centres were present, as well as local squatted housing and anti-eviction committees, self-organised popular sport centres (sports associations which have anti-fascism and solidarity as founding principles) and migrants’ groups.
The demonstration snaked across town, sometimes ignoring the route previously agreed with the police. It eventually finished in Corvetto, a working class area in the south-east of the city, where an abandoned building had been occupied before the demonstration and was used for a concert in the evening, with some of Italy’s most famous hip-hop acts playing. As well as all this on the Saturday, there was also a demonstration of students on Friday and a day of ’People’s Sports for Dax’ organised for the Sunday.