Acca Larenzia, 46 years after the massacre, a literary competition on friendship

Valerio Cutonilli, author of ‘Who shot Acca Larenzia?’, will donate the proceeds of the book to a scholarship for those under 24: “Enough controversy, now shared memory. Family members of victims of all colors will attend the award ceremony”

Acca Larenzia, a literary competition in memory of the martyrs. 46 years have passed since the massacre of January 7, 1978, but the murder of Franco Bigonzetti, Francesco Ciavatta and Stefano Recchioni still remains unpunished. The first two were killed by a commando who came out of nowhere and opened fire on 5 boys who came out of the MSI section at Appio Tuscolano. Recchioni, however, died from a gunshot fired (it is not yet known by whom) in the street riots that occurred a few hours later. He writes about all the mysteries that revolve around one of the most tragic unsolved massacres of the Years of Lead Valerio Cutonilli in his “Who shot Acca Larenzia? ’78 before the Moro murder” (Seventh Seal-Europa Lib. Ed), released in reprint this December. The proceeds from the book’s copyright are destined entirely to a scholarship “in memory of Franco, Francesco and Stefano”, an idea – it is explained in the announcement of the initiative – born from the “desire to remember in a dignified way the fallen boys” expressed by the two survivors of the massacre, Maurizio Lupini and Vincenzo Segneri, who on 7 January 1978 left the missina section with Bigonzetti and Ciavatta, remaining alive by pure chance.

The competition will be officially presented during a meeting on the events of Acca Larenzia scheduled for January 11th, at 5pm, in via della Scrofa 43, in the conference room of the An Foundation. “To those who care about this old story, not for cosmetic reasons, I ask you to buy and give the book as a gift”, is the appeal launched on social media by Cutonilli.

It is “a literary competition, of a symbolic nature, to spread a relaxing message and prevent certain topics from being used in an instrumental way for political convenience”, Cutonilli underlines to Adnkronos. It is no coincidence that the theme at the center of the literary competition aimed at young people born after 31 December 1999 is that of friendship. On the (free) topic, candidates will be able to send their manuscripts by 31 October 2024. The jury will be made up of personalities other than the organizers and the award ceremony is scheduled for 7 January 2025: “An event will be organized in which family members of victims of terrorist attacks of all colors will participate“, explains Cutonilli, convinced of the message of pacification that the initiative wants to convey; “an alternative path to that which has been seen in recent years when – the lawyer highlights – the anniversary has even been an opportunity for some to argue about the forms of memory on the part of young people who freely want to remember the martyrs of Acca Larenzia, then going completely unnoticed by the fact that the murderers are still at large, at least those still alive and completely unpunished”.

“It is pleasing that in recent weeks many people are purchasing the book, both for the topic which still arouses a lot of interest, and to make a contribution to the initiative. Which also seems to be shared by those with different political opinions. Moreover, the The book is dedicated to the events of Acca Larenzia but the stories of some victims of the opposite color are also told”.

As regards the events of 7 January 1978, “we do not believe in delayed justice. At least I did not write this book to invoke a judicial solution, also because 46 years have passed. So as far as I am concerned the contribution is of an exclusively historical nature However, I am convinced that they should be create the conditions for a memory that is respected by all, beyond colors”.

According to Cutonilli, “it would not have been particularly complicated to identify those responsible for the massacre, also because it is not as if there were who knows what mysteries behind it which have instead characterized other events of terrorism of a more international nature. This is rather a case of militant anti-fascism, linked to the logic of the territory, to the armed groups that were operating in the southern suburbs of the capital at the time”.

“For Italian justice – he underlines – there are no culprits, neither for the terrorist attack on the MSI section in which Franco Bigonzetti and Francesco Ciavatta lost their lives, nor for the murder of Stefano Recchioni, the boy who was killed in the square in the hours following the attack when right-wing young people gathered in the streets of Tuscolano to see with their own eyes what happened. The mysteries in this story are rather relative but the food for thought is different.”

Cutonilli’s book, among other things, contains very in-depth research conducted in the historical archives of the Court of Rome. “The story calls into question the logic of opposing extremisms which was particularly bloody in Rome: another 70 young people from the right and left were killed. My book intends to indicate an alternative to those conspiratorial and simplifying actions, so fashionable today, and in my opinion, tainted by political factionalism: the hatred between ‘reds’ and ‘blacks’, moreover, did not come from Italy Mars, but had its roots in the civil war of the final part of the Second World War, then channeled into a political confrontation concentrated in Parliament. And that derailed into the violent actions that we all know.”