PRO-FRIULANS, PRO-GIULIANS... PHILOGORITIANS WANTED

06/10/2019

Young people certainly, but not born yesterday: we studied and deepened the history of our beloved city before allowing ourselves to speak. We will also offer to the discussion concrete proposals to improve the overall situation because we want Gorizia to remain a city and a capital. For decades, gradually but inexorably, Gorizia has been losing the prerogatives of the capital of an area that, although drastically reduced after the Second World War, has maintained a historical-political value of considerable national and international value. A decisive role as capital for the very life of the city, otherwise destined to become peripheral, out of the traffic, out of the radar of the development and projects underway on the regional, national and international territory.

So we asked ourselves what dark evil our city suffers from, a city which would potentially have very strong resources - think of the enhancement of the international role, linked to the field of culture, tourism, food and wine, which would represent in synergy with the cities and neighbouring countries an interregional unicum. One of the answers is that Gorizia has always been torn between ferociously rival groups; always unable to find a synthesis between divergent interests of various power groups rarely addressed to the overall and collective development. A city incapable of lobbying, able to throw to the wind historical and unrepeatable opportunities for petty partisan interests. The history of Gorizia is after all the history of lost opportunities.

A continuous and often fierce war within the city, between the majority and the linguistic minority, between left and right, between pro-Austrians and pro-Italians, between pro-Friulans and pro-Triesteans: but who in the end is convincingly, proudly pro-Goritian? This is a question that we Goritians must ask ourselves strongly. Either we unite under a common banner or we go nowhere.

We ask ourselves. And we ask it with respect and humility, almost incredulous in the face of a city in a continuous struggle with itself, with self-referential institutions that work more for their subsistence than for the collective interest; a city that continues to look at its navel with the result that it has become a land of conquest for decades. We repeat it: the list of goods, institutions and opportunities that have been taken from us is endless: we want to fight against this drift because we want Gorizia, of which we are children, to have a future worthy of its history.



LUCA MICHELUTTI, KEVIN CUCIT, ROSSELLA DOSSO, MARTIN NOVAK