Alberto Palladino, known as “Zippo” by his friends, is a 23-year-old Italian social activist and member of CasaPound Italia. For several weeks he was in Burma and Thailand, where he participated as a volunteer in a humanitarian mission organised by Comunità Solidarista Popoli. Upon arrival at the airport Zippo was arrested by the police and charged with assault on a member of the leftist Democratic Party, although this charge is based on false statement. CasaPound activists state that the arrest of Zippo is purely political and is connected to his involvement in various social activities.
On the night of December 5th, 500 activists of both Blocco Studentesco & CasaPound gathered for a demonstration of solidarity outside the Regina Coeli prison where Alberto is being kept. On December 10th the Court extended his detention time in Rome. “This is a disgraceful decision” – commented Gianluca Iannone, leader of CasaPound. “Palladino has been in prison for 10 days only because of a statement made without any evidence by a political opponent.” Iannone also protested against the lynching media coverage organised by left-wing media and activists of the Democratic Party. The CasaPound leader added: “We are talking about a young student, well respected in his community, with a family and who has been for many years involved in volunteering and student activities.” Domenico Di Tullio, (Alberto Palladino’s lawyer) described him as a political prisoner.
Solidarity has been expressed by Karen KNLA’s representative Colonel Nerdah Mya: “I send the sense of my personal solidarity to the family, the friends and the comrades of Alberto “Zippo”. He is a generous guy, he has been working since long time in order to improve the conditions of life of Karen People as a volunteer of “Popoli Organisation”. I want to remind him that those who fight for the justice won’t never be alone. I hope to see him in Karen State very soon. “Struggle is a destiny”.