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Call for international mobilization: Cesare Ottolini, the coordinator of the IAI accused of defending a family against eviction
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Source: International Alliance of Inhabitants

The Court in Padua has summoned Cesare Ottolini, global coordinator of the International Alliance of Inhabitants , accused of “aggravated private violence” for successfully defending a family of migrants against eviction from their home. The family is one of many families defended over 40 years of struggle for the right to housing in his city and on all continents.

Cesare is facing a four-year prison sentence because he made up for the mayor's and the Italian government's inaction. They have failed to meet their legal, national, and international obligations in the face of the excessive power of banks.

The accusations, which are inconsistent because there was no violence, except against the couple and their minor children who are being evicted, are totally unfair and underline the growing criminalization of struggles for the right to housing in Italy and internationally.

The IAI and the Unione Inquilini, of which Cesare is a member, immediately mobilized and have already received many statements of solidarity.

More information:

Read here Ottolini's appeal on hearing the news of his indictment.

Visit the International Alliance of Inhabitants website

Contact: solidarieta.cesare@habitants.org

• Forced Evictions   • Housing and Land Rights / Right to Adequate Housing   • Housing and Land Rights Violations   • Right to the City   • Urgent Action Appeals   

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