Rebellious Spirit : Maria Occhipinti and the Ragusa Anti-Draft Revolt of 1945

Fabbri, Stefano, Letizia Giarratana, Pippo Gurrieri, Anna Key, Franco Leggio, Maria Occhipinti, Meno Occhipinti and Paul Sharkey. Rebellious Spirit : Maria Occhipinti and the Ragusa Anti-Draft Revolt of 1945. Kate Sharpley Library: 2008. 30 pages. Translated by Gloria Italiano and Paul Sharkey.

Ragusa, Sicily, 1945. Mussolini's fascist regime had fallen apart, with many of his backers turning 'democratic' and hoping to prevent a revolution with the help of the allied armies and Communist Party. After five years of war, their attempts to create a new Italian army are met with evasion and resistance. Maria Occhipinti began the Ragusa anti-draft revolt of January, 1945 by laying down in front of an army truck carrying arrested draftees, who then escaped. A four-day insurrection followed, with the rich dispossessed, until the Italian army was able to retake the city. Maria Occhipinti served nearly two years' prison for her part in the revolt. Afterwards, she travelled endlessly, seeking her own freedom – and a free world.
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The Benedictines by Maria Occhipinti [translated by Gloria Italiano: extract]
Interview With Franco Leggio, Sicilian Anarchist And One Of The Ringleaders In The Ragusa Uprising Of January 1945 by Stefano Fabbri
The Ragusa Massacre In 1921
The Ancestry of Anarchist Antifascism in and around Ragusa
The Life of An Anarchist: Franco Leggio by Pippo Gurrieri

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