Italy rules out concessions to anarchist prisoner Alfredo Cospito despite his hunger strike

Protest by anarchist groups in Rome in support of Alfredo Cospito – MATTEO NARDONE / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACTOPHOTO

The Italian government has stressed Tuesday that it will not give any favorable treatment to the anarchist prisoner Alfredo Cospito, who has been on hunger strike for more than a hundred days and has been transferred from prison after his health condition worsened.

Cospito, who is serving time for an attack on a business manager in 2012 and an attack on a police station in 2006, began the strike to demand that his crimes not be classified as terrorism, as this opens the door to a harsher prison regime equivalent to that of mafia leaders.

His demand has also resulted in street protests and authorities are investigating the possible link of the case to attacks on Italian diplomatic facilities abroad. Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani on Tuesday condemned «violence against the state and the authorities».

The Minister of Justice, Carlo Nordio, has also asserted that «it is not about violence» and has made it clear that Italy will not stop applying the special regime to Cospito. Thus, he has warned that the transfer of the prisoner is not a «cession», but it enshrines the «sacred and obligatory principle» of monitoring his health, reports the Rai channel.

The Government assumes that there will be more protests in the coming hours and has ordered to reinforce the security of its Italian representations in other countries. Among the targets attacked in recent days is the Italian Consulate in Barcelona.