Netstrike 214.T - Against The Death Penalty

From - rosta - <>
Date Mon, 30 Oct 2000 03:58:02 +0100 (MET)

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Netstrike 214.T - Against The Death Penalty

Tommaso Tozzi and Giacomo Verde, with the co-operation of many groups and national and international associations, would like to invite you all to 
participate to a VIRTUAL RALLY AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY to protest against the sites of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and of the State 
of Texas, which will be held within an art event on November 30th 2000, from 18:00 to 19:00 hrs.

The virtual rally will happen on occasion of a real one sponsored by the Tuscany Region (Florence, Fortezza da Basso) to celebrate the anniversary of 
the renunciation to the death penalty by the Grand Duchy of Tuscany in 1786 (the first country in the world). The artists also suggest repeating the 
netstrike against the sites of all those countries where the death penalty is still provided for by the law (see the enclosed LIST OF COUNTRIES WHERE 

«It seems to me absurd that the law, which is the expression of public will, and despises and punishes homicide, commit one themselves, and, to 
discourage citizens from committing assassinations, order public assassination». Cesare Beccaria used these words in 1764 to denounce the barbaric 
and useless character of the death penalty: a few years later, in 1786, the Grand Duke of Tuscany abolished the death penalty in his state.

More than two hundred years later, 11,000 men and women are awaiting execution in one of the 118 Countries which still have the death penalty. 
Only in 1998 at least 1625 State homicides were committed and nearly 4000 people were condemned to death.

It is time to say stop to an ineffective punishment which transforms society and the State into assassins, putting them on the same plane as the 

It is time for the world's civil society to make its voice heard. It is time for you to do your bit too: just click from home - together with hundred of 
other people in the whole world - to jam the site and break it down. The purpose of the rally is to pressurise the Public bodies of those countries 
which still provide for the death penalty, so they immediately put off pending executions and adopt provisions to definitively abolish the death penalty 
from their legal systems.

The netstrike and its motivations have been communicated both to the representatives of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the State of Texas 
sites and the main international media and organisations able of spreading the news both pre-emptively and successively.

So connecting repeatedly (at the same time as thousands of other people in the whole world) to these websites:

Texas Department of Criminal Justice


State of Texas

from 18:00 to 19:00 hrs.
of 30 November 2000

will have the effect of peacefully jamming and blocking the above mentionedsite in sign of protest, the same way as thousands of people take to 
thestreets and block the traffic (see the following ADVICE FOR EFFECTIVE NETSTRIKE).

If you want to follow the phases of the rally and comment them online, you can arrange to meet other participating people during the electronic rally 
in a chatline or irc channel (a historical netstrikers' meeting point is, for example, the #Hackit99 channel on the server).


For more effective participation to the netstrike it is advisable to follow these technical guidelines: 

- Do not set any proxy for your connection. 
- Set your browser's cache to 0. 
- Keep on pressing the Reload button. 


Afghanistan, Algeria, Antigua e Barbuda, Arabia Saudita Armenia, Bahamas, Bahrein, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bielorussia, Botswana, 
Burkina Faso, Burundi, Camerun Ciad, Cile, Comore, Corea del Nord, Corea del Sud, Cuba, Dominica, Egitto, Emirati Arabi Uniti, Eritrea, Etiopia , 
Filippine, Gabon, Ghana, Giamaica, Giappone, Giordania, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea Equatoriale, Guyana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, 
Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lesotho, Libano, Liberia, Libia, Malawi, Malaysia, Marocco, Mauritania, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Oman, 
Pakistan, Qatar, Rep. Dem. Congo, Rep. Pop. Cinese, Ruanda, Russia, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent e le Grenadine, Sierra 
Leone, Singapore, Siria, Somalia, Stati Uniti, Sudan, Swatziland, Tadzhikistan, Tailandia, Taiwan, Tanzania, Territori dell'autorità Palestinese, 
Trinidad e Tobago, Tunisia, Ucraina, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen, Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Tommaso Tozzi (
Giacomo Verde (
Translation by Nisha Maggioni 

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- rosta -
cybertovaritch lost in cyberspace

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