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Milan, from April, 27 to June, 3, 1967.

- Mondo Beat's tent city arises, Barbonia City, and triggers a sexual revolution.
- The Establishment media and those of the Mondo Beat Movement attack each other with no holds barred.

The newspaper Il Giorno was receptive and kindly sent 50 kg of spaghetti every day
"Bring us 50 kg of spaghetti every day at Mondo Beat campsite, Via Ripamonti. Help us contestate you!".
(The newspaper Il Giorno was receptive and kindly sent 50 kg of spaghetti every day).

Although not all families had a son or daughter who had fled the house for joining the Beats, nevertheless there was some case among their relatives or friends, so ordinary people knew that youths fled their homes to join a sexual revolution which was going on in Barbonia City.
The reactions of ordinary people to this phenomenon were singular, as each person manifested an original reaction, which ranged from absolute refusal to complaisant indulgence, but no one showed indifference.
Below is a photo, taken at the beginning of the Barbonia City campsite opening, where you can see how ordinary people gathered behind the barbed wire, which delimited the campsite, to watch. These people came from far away, because Barbonia City was located in the fields and there was no dense population around, only a few houses and some factories.

(AGI - Il Giorno)
These onlookers came from far away, since Barbonia City was located in the fields and there was no dense population around it
Onlookers who have flocked to watch Barbonia City since the first days of the campsite's opening.

Some impostors describe Barbonia City as a place where the Beats camped freely, which in other words can be said as a place where the Beats camped illegally. No, it wasn't like that at all. The field was duly rented and fenced with barbed wire. And this was done with the money from the surplus of Mondo Beat magazine, which had a surplus even though its distribution was obstructed and despite the fact that it did not receive any kind of money support and did not publish any type of advertising.
These impostors distort the truth in an attempt to justify the behavior of the Italian judiciary, which would have ordered that a private property, the Mondo Beat campsite, should be invaded by the military and the campers' assets destroyed, when the campers were in a state of detention although they hadn't been indicted of any crime. This shameful behavior was dictated to the judiciary by the Moro government, which was a political creature of the Vatican and obeyed its orders. Indeed, the old fags in the Vatican had gone mad because of the sexual revolution in Barbonia City.

Giovanni Battista Montini wanted it to be known that he had a virgin penis
Saint Paul VI and his lover, actor Paolo Carlini.

Giovanni Battista Montini (Saint Paul VI) reigned as Pope during the difficult times of the Contestation, and some of his steps were harshly contestated, but then the journalists at his service, to justify the Pope's behavior, wrote in the newspapers "The Pope, due to the innocence of his virginity, could not be aware of the fact that... ". And such a premise was written several times, since Giovanni Battista wanted it to be known that he had a virgin penis, because the Scriptures prophesy that 144,000 virgins and martyrs will receive a robe of light in Paradise. Giovanni Battista wanted to be in the quota.

Talking now about rules in Barbonia City, only uniformed police officers were denied access to the campsite, unless they were provided by a judicial warrant, all other people were accepted in the campsite, if they declared they would respect the 3 obligations of Mondo Beat: no drugs, no violence, no theft. Access was free and people could stay in the campsite as long they wanted and could set up their tents for free. People were not asked to identify themselves. Upon arrival, all youths were informed that their parents would be welcome if they came to the campsite.
As reactionary newspapers and magazines would have described anguished parents who were prevented from accessing the campsite, below are published the extracts from 2 articles which prove how the parents of young runaways entered the campsite to find them and could tried to convince them to return home.

(Novella 2000 magazine)
Lies were those of reactionary newspapers and magazines which described parents who were prevented from accessing the Barbonia City campsite
A mom finds her fugitive son among the longhairs and the son returns home

(Gente magazine)
Lies were those of reactionary newspapers and magazines which described parents who were prevented from accessing the Barbonia City campsite
The caption reads that in early June 1967 up to 40 parents a day came to New Barbonia to look for their fugitive children.

Indeed, the parents of young fugitives were received not only well, but also as if they were fugitive themselves. This intelligent policy made that there were not suspicions between the parents of young fugitives and the staff of Barbonia City, but sympathetic situations. And since Melchiorre Gerbino openly and often encouraged young people to travel across Europe to emancipate themselves, parents would have understood that we did not need young fugitives in Barbonia City. And since the reference characters in Barbonia City, namely Melchiorre Gerbino, Gunilla Unger, Umberto Tiboni, Antonio Di Spagna, would never have had sexual relations with young people who camped, their parents, leaving Barbonia City, with or without their children, would show the greatest respect for the campsite staff.

As for the media, thanks to the creation of Barbonia City, journalists would finally understand the anarchist nature of the Mondo Beat Movement. Until then, almost all journalists had tried to find some relationship between Mondo Beat and the Dalai Lama, the Hare Krishna, the Beat Generation. Now they would have understood that Mondo Beat was dedicated to promoting a sexual revolution among young people and this, as Melchiorre Gerbino would have frankly explained, because once young people experienced the dimension of a satisfying sex life, nobody would have been able to deprive them of their right to happiness and, therefore, deprive them of their civil rights. Such youths would have been ready to face everything, death, but they would not have given up. Of course, journalists couldn't write frankly that way, but at least they wouldn't have written any more nonsense, like "Beats are unstable young people who move from one place to another without orientation, because they believe that however they have to move, according to the teachings of Jack Kerouac". And, as for Jack Kerouac, I must say sincerely and without complacency, because ignorance is not a medal to put on the chest, that at the time of the founding of Mondo Beat, I hadn't read anything by Jack Kerouac. By that, I don't want to be misunderstood, as if I were someone who didn't care about world literature. When I was 17, I have read "Ulysses" of James Joyce and since then I have loved this novel more than any other, but I had the opportunity to read Jack Kerouac a few years after the time of Mondo Beat, as I was busy, in those days, with Bertrand Russell, Wilhelm Reich, Mario Savio.

The chronological reconstruction of the history of Barbonia City. Milan, May 1 – June 12, 1967

In late April, the situation was chaotic in The Cave, due to the too many people who crowded there.
In the late evening of April 30, Umberto Tiboni and Melchiorre Gerbino asked the people who were there to leave and when The Cave was empty, they closed it and outside they fixed a sign on a shutter with instructions on how to reach the Mondo Beat campsite.

On May 1st, some of us entered the camp to set up the first tents and while there were the celebrations of Labor Day in the center of Milan, we remained lying on the grass of our lawn, admiring the Alps which stood out on the horizon.

On the morning of May 3, Eros Alesi Pasticca arrived at the campsite with a tent. Those who were there ran to greet him. Pasticca was the natural detector of moods and trends of the Base of Mondo Beat. As he liked to be in the campsite, many others would have liked it too. Indeed, other young people arrived on the same day, including Frenchmen, Germans and Australians. Some high school students, who used to attend The Cave, also came for a visit.
Every passing day, more and more boys and girls came to pitch tents in Barbonia City.

On May 8, Gunilla and Nino arrived from Sicily. They were in good shape. I had not seen Nino for more than a year, as he had lived with my parents. He had grown up into a beautiful child. He was now 2 years and 4 months. Nino liked to be at the campsite, where he went around with a tricycle that Adolfo had given him. Gunilla was the image of health and serenity.
But serenity was not compatible with the Mondo Beat Movement.
In fact, the Corriere della Sera and Corriere d'Informazione, owned by the Crespi Group, and La Notte, owned by the Catholic industrialist Carlo Pesenti, would attack Mondo Beat. These 3 dailies, which were based in Milan, would have adopted a coordinated strategy to convince their readers that there were drug addicts and criminal offenders in Barbonia City, who corrupted underage girls, forcing them into prostitution. For the purpose, the 3 newspapers would have invented the "Bertolini affair".

(Corriere della Sera - Corriere d'Informazione - La Notte - May 13, 1967)
In fact, Fabio Bertolini had been arrested by the carabinieri in a bar in the park of Sforzesco Castle park and not in Barbonia City
The "Bertolini affair", concocted by Corriere della Sera, Corriere d'Informazione and La Notte, to discredit Barbonia City.

On May 13, these 3 above reproduced articles were published in these 3 newspapers. There was described the story of two 15 year old girls from Sesto San Giovanni (a city that forms a whole with Milan) who, in a spirit of adventure, had traveled to Rome with Fabio Bertolini, a young man who, once in Rome, had forced them into prostitution with several men. Fabio Bertolini was described as a Beat, who was eventually captured by the carabinieri in a Beat campsite in the Vigentina district. None of these articles said that the campsite belonged to Mondo Beat, but none of the readers could doubt it because, apart from Mondo Beat campsite, there was no other "Beat campsite"" anywhere else in the world.
We did not know the 2 girls from Sesto San Giovanni, nor Fabio Bertolini, and we learned that he had been arrested by the carabinieri in a bar in the park of the Sforzesco Castle.

A few days later, on May 17, another article appeared in the Corriere della Sera, which was a counterattack to the article published on the cover of Mondo Beat N. 3.
In this article, the Corriere della Sera described the Beats as lazy and dirty youths who spread drugs and prostitution and the affair of the two girls from Sesto San Giovanni was recalled as an example. But there was also something alarming in this article, since Adriano Carminati, a well-known fascist activist, who had arrived at the campsite a few days earlier, was described as a former communist who had joined the Beats and was now the cook of the campsite, which was not true, because the cook was Roccia.
Since among the journalists who worked at the Corriere della Sera there were some who operated also as intelligence agents (this was common in all newspapers of the Establishment) and since it seamed that this article had been written by one of them, we had to wonder why Adriano Carminati was depicted, with a long description, as an important character in the campsite, when he was not at all, and as the cook. Before this article, we had no suspicions about Adriano Carminati, since some former fascists (and former communists) were joining the Movement and were camping, but after this article, the question had to be asked why Adriano Carminati arrived at the campsite with a large gas cylinder. He wouldn't have needed it if he had to fry two eggs. Had he brought this gas cylinder to carry out a terrorist attack?
Below, the article by the Corriere della Sera

Vettabbia was the name of the brook that skirted the east side of Barbonia City campsite
A village of longhairs on a bank of Vettabbia brook. "New Barbonia" has arisen, a "beatnik" campsite.

In this article there is also an interesting subtitle, where it is said that police arrested 1392 longhairs over a period of ten months.

In Italian, 'zazzeruto' is a derogatory term to define someone who has long hair
1392 longhairs arrested by police in ten months.

Consider that these 1392 youths, among them a great many girls, were all arrested in Milan only, so imagine the proportions of the Mondo Beat Movement throughout Italy and you will realize how a real youth revolution was going on in the Country.
In this subtitle, "Fermati" (Arrested) was ironically written in quotation marks, since it was impossible to arrest these youths, in the sense that, subjected to a mandatory expulsion order or imprisoned for a month, they would still have returned to the Movement.
Corriere della Sera called the youths of the Mondo Beat Movement "zazzeruti" (singular "zazzeruto"), which in Italian is a derogatory term to define someone with long hair.
As it was May 17 when this article appeared and on the 21st the national meeting of anarchists would have taken place in the city of Carrara, in which Mondo Beat would have participated, we decided to counterattack the Corriere della Sera once we returned from Carrara to Milan.


Demonstration held on the occasion of the National Meeting of Anarchists in Carrara, May 21, 1967

A demonstration held on the occasion of the National Meeting of Anarchists in Carrara, May 21, 1967
Adriano Carminati with the sign "MENO SANTI - PIÙ PRESERVATIVI" (Less saints - More condoms)

Fascist activist Adriano Carminati joined the youth of Mondo Beat to participate in the anarchist event. He liked one of Melchiorre Gerbino's slogans so much, that he wrote it on a sign and carried it during the demonstration.

Let me say a few words now about the Italian fascists, communists and anarchists of the Mondo Beat time, surely I have known them well.
We anarchists were at the same distance from the communists and the fascists and adopted an ironic attitude towards both, as saying "Make an effort and you too will become anarchists!".
The communists, who hated the fascists to death, felt a certain sympathy for the anarchists, because they had fought together during the Spanish Civil War.
In their turn, the fascists, who harbored a deadly hatred against the communists, showed a certain sympathy for the anarchists, since Mussolini's father had been a militant anarchist (he named his son Benito to honor Mexico's president, Benito Juárez, who wanted emperor Maximilian of Habsburg to be executed by a firing squad).
I have explained all this to say that, yes, I was worried about the arrival of Adriano Carminati in Barbonia City with a large gas cylinder, but however I thought that he would have avoided harming the youths of Mondo Beat, once he realized that they were anarchists and not communists.


Upon his return from Carrara to Milan, Melchiorre Gerbino asked Giò Tavaglione for collaboration, to prepare the windows of The Cave for a frontal counterattack against Corriere della Sera

Mondo Beat officially denied that Fabio Bertolini was arrested by the carabinieri at its premises
Melchiorre Gerbino officially on the counterattack against the Corriere della Sera.

With the large poster shown at the window, we denied that Fabio Bertolini, the guy who had forced the two girls into prostitution with several men in Rome, had been arrested at the Barbonia City campsite. The poster reads "Fabio Bertolini, the profiteer of the 2 girls of Sesto, was not arrested here or at a campsite in Vigentina district, but in the premises of Corriere della Sera, among the slaves of the Crespi Group".
The poster at the bottom right "Prendetevi un'anata di Corriere" says "Enjoy an anal cleaning with the Corriere".

The other window of The Cave was also prepared by Melchiorre Gerbino and Giò Tavaglione in collaboration

The flower inside the birth bow was made of toilet paper and stained with chocolate as excrement
Corriere della Sera, the daily parturition of misinformation.

On the jute canvas reads "The new tramps and the old cheaters" (I NUOVI BARBONI E I VECCHI IMBROGLIONI) and are shown the headers of Mondo Beat and Corriere della Sera respectively. On the right of the window, there is a birth bow and around it the writing "The daily parturition of misinformation" (IL QUOTIDIANO PARTO DI DISINFORMAZIONE). The flower inside the birth bow was made of toilet paper and stained with chocolate as excrement.

In addition, a large tarpaulin was shown in Barbonia City

This large tarpaulin was shown on the Barbonia City campsite
Good people, the Corriere della Sera tells you bullshit!

On this large tarpaulin was written "BUONA GENTE, IL CORRIERE DELLA SERA VI RACCONTA LE BALLE!" (Good people, the Corriere della Sera tells you bullshit!).
Keep in mind that we were in the year 1967, a time when ordinary people blindly believed in what was written in the newspapers and the Corriere della Sera, being the main Italian newspaper, was considered a sacred institution. So, consider what a shocking effect this tarpaulin had on ordinary people.

But, as Mondo Beat raised the bar against the Corriere della Sera, the Establishment would have supported the Corriere della Sera and its satellites, Corriere d'Informazione and La Notte, by placing at their service a police commissioner, Giuseppe Montesano.

I have already described how the young lawyers chosen by the Vatican in southern Italy would be transferred to the north and assigned as police commissioners. Giuseppe Montesano, who was originally from Puglia, was one of them. He had been assigned as police commissioner in the main city of Brianza, namely Monza, a city that forms a whole with Milan as urbanization.
Giuseppe Montesano had already shown the type of police commissioner he was, when he ordered his agents to confiscate copies of the third issue of Mondo Beat magazine, that issue whose cover was a collage of mandatory expulsion orders, and his agents had torn the copies of the hands of the Beats who sold on the street in Monza. And in fact, at the time of the hunger strike in The Cave, we had publicly denounced this situation.
Now that the confrontation between Mondo Beat and the media of the Establishment had become tense, Montesano was asked to help Corriere della Sera and its satellites Corriere d'Informazione and La Notte in a campaign against the Beats of his jurisdiction, a campaign aimed at throw bad light on the Beats in general, that is to say, on the Mondo Beat Movement.
Giuseppe Montesano would have found the pretext to do this dirty job when 5 Beats accompanied a 16 year old girl, Mariangela Sala, to the Monza hospital. The girl had been shot in the leg by Salvatore Santacroce, an 18-year-old Sicilian, a common criminal, wanted for aggravated robbery, unauthorized possession of firearms and escape from a juvenile prison in Palermo. For a year, Salvatore Santacroce had hid in Brianza, where he had formed a gang with other common criminals. The girl, who had fled house, had flirted with him over the course of a week, after which she wanted to end the relationship, but then Santacroce had shot her in the leg with a carbine. This had happened outdoors, late at night. The 5 Beats, having accidentally met the injured girl, accompanied her to the hospital. But then police commissioner Giuseppe Montesano, instead of praising the 5 Beats, incriminated them as accomplices of Salvatore Santacroce, who in the meantime had escaped capture. In addition, Giuseppe Montesano would have classified as Beats all young criminals arrested in his jurisdiction in the last weeks and would have finally classified the mobster Salvatore Santacroce as leader of the Beats in Brianza.
Below is the reproduction of the articles of this campaign concocted by Corriere della Sera, Corriere d'Informazione and La Notte in cahoots with Giuseppe Montesano. In each of these articles, Giuseppe Montesano is mentioned as the brave police commissioner who had faced the Beats, even when they had shot to kill him, and it is described how Giuseppe Montesano investigated many girls, who were tortured and raped, and among them a disabled girl, who had been raped by 18 (eighteen) Beats and had gone completely mad.

Corriere della Sera against the Beats on May 24, 1967   Corriere d'Informazione  against the Beats on May 24, 1967   Corriere d'Informazione against the Beats on May 25, 1967   La Notte  against the Beats on May 25, 1967   La Notte against the Beats on May 26, 1967   Corriere d'Informazione against the Beats on May 26, 1967   La Notte against the Beats on May 27, 1967

Titles of the articles reproduced above, from left to right:
"Injured girl with a rifle in an orgy of drugged longhairs"
"50 longhairs arrested. Orgies and drugs before shooting the girl"
"The underage girl drugged and raped by the longhairs ended up in a psychiatric hospital"
"Eighteen longhairs drug and torture a handicapped girl. The unfortunate girl has gone completely mad"
"Morbid situations revealed by the police investigation"
"Orgies and torture in Brianza. The investigation on longhairs is over"
"The ten girls which involved in the parties with the drugged longhairs were traced and investigated"

At the end of this grotesque farce, which lasted 5 days, all the about fifty Beats, who had been indicted by Giuseppe Montesano, were promptly released by the judiciary, as they were foreign to any criminal fact, but the Corriere della Sera, Corriere d'Informazione and La Notte did not provide any news about this, since they were busy looking for other crimes perpetrated by the Beats elsewhere.
To tell more about Giuseppe Montesano, after this dirty work he did in Brianza, he was promoted from Monza to Turin. Then, thanks to other dirty operations, he was promoted to the rank of "questore" (official in charge of the police in a provincial capital), which in Italy is the highest promotion for a police officer. And as a "questore", Giuseppe Montesano would have proved how he was an assassin, when a suspect under investigation, Salvatore Marino, died in the premises of the Palermo mobile team.
Obviously, the Vatican glorified Giuseppe Montesano. Books and movies were produced to illustrate his noble figure and, still to this day, his widow is invited to institutional commemorations.

Giuseppe Montesano glorified by the Vatican
Giuseppe Montesano, the perfect portrait of a State assassin.

As the history of the Mondo Beat Movement didn't end because of Giuseppe Montesano, we will continue with its reconstruction.
Below is the reproduction of the most ridiculous article published by Corriere della Sera on the Beats

Corriere della Sera against the Beats on May 29, 1967
The Beats playing their girls at dice and ridiculing workers while they were busy working.

And below is the reproduction of 5 articles by La Notte, who covered a full page each, which appeared in five consecutive days, as conclusion of the campaign that the 3 newspapers had promoted against the Mondo Beat Movement. With these 5 articles, La Notte intended to give a deadly blow to the image of Mondo Beat, but it was too evident the forcing by which La Notte wanted to distort the true history of the Movement and it was understandable how these articles were not written by a journalist hidden in Barbonia City, as La Notte pretended, but under the supervision of a priest, because they reeked of false morality and parochial terminology

First article by La Notte against the Mondo Beat Movement, May 30,1967     Second article by La Notte against the Mondo Beat Movement, May 31,1967     Third article by La Notte against the Mondo Beat Movement, June 1,1967     Fourth article by La Notte against the Mondo Beat Movement, June 2,1967     Fifth article by La Notte against the Mondo Beat Movement, June 3,1967

Titles of the articles reproduced above, from left to right:
"I lived in a tent in Barbonia City with Beats and young girls"
"Inside the tents there is a round dance of tender and shameless girls"
"There comes the anguished father, but the underage girl Adriana does not want to leave the longhairs"
"They preach no to violence and then they commit infamous violence"
"In Barbonia City there is the freedom to learn all the worst vices"

The consequences of those 10 days in which the Establishment's media lost control and credibility

Here, a collage of the titles of articles from Corriere della Sera, Corriere d'Informazione and La Notte, the texts of which have been reproduced above, to give an overview of how the Establishment's media lost control for 10 days and their credibility forever

The bombing of defamatory news, with which the 3 newspapers attacked the Mondo Beat Movement, overcame by far the measure of credibility
The 10 days in which Corriere della Sera, Corriere d'Informazione and La Notte have lost control and credibility.

Although their free love behavior was questionable, and their commitment to assert civil rights was radical, however, no one, if not in bad faith, would have denied that the Beats were nonviolent and honest youths.
As the Beats were known throughout Italy and particularly well in Milan, the bombing of defamatory news with which Corriere della Sera, Corriere d'Informazione and La Notte invested the Mondo Beat Movement overcame by far the measure of credibility, consequently, the majority of readers of these newspapers ended up not believing anymore in everything these newspapers wrote. Indeed, this campaign against the Beats would have produced mass awareness about the nature of the media, first in Milan, then in Italy at large. Prior to this campaign against the Beats, in order to silence someone, it was enough that you said: "Shut up, because it was written in the newspaper!". After this campaign, you would have been asked: "Who owns the newspaper?". And this was a historic event, so let's consider what the consequences were.
Let's say that for sure the Vatican had requested a campaign against Mondo Beat, but the 3 newspapers exaggerated with their attacks, and this because they were furious, due to the counterattacks of Mondo Beat, which they did not expect. They did not realize that a resounding campaign against the Beats would have drawn more mass attention towards the Movement and consequently a greater consideration of it. And since in clamorous controversies the public is always divided, the fact that every day 52 million Italians were informed about the Beats, this would have caused sympathy for the Movement of at least 26 million of them. And since the 3 newspapers would have engaged in a combat in which 3 elephants wanted to kill a flea with proboscis shots, all 52 million Italians, no matter if pros or cons, would have had fun.
But, in the end, the 3 newspapers would have suffered atrocious consequences. Two of them, Corriere d'Informazione and La Notte, after a continuous decline, would have died from lack of readers. Concerning the Corriere della Sera, as it was invested by the Contestation, it had to protect its headquarters with the police for years, while the disaffection of many of its readers would have created market conditions for the birth of two new dailies, Il Giornale and La Repubblica and the readers of this second newspaper would have become more numerous than those of the Corriere della Sera. In fact, the Corriere della Sera, which before the Contestation was an international reference newspaper, would have been reduced to what it is today, a second-rank one. The Crespi Group, which owned dozens of publications, including Corriere della Sera and Corriere d'Informazione, would have disappeared from the scene after a series of bankruptcies, and it would also have disappeared from memory, since power, mortified by defeat, would have erased any reference to it.
Indeed, the proboscis shots aimed at killing the flea would have caused a magnitude 9 earthquake, so devastating that it would have changed not only the media landscape, but also the political one. In fact, from the time of Barbonia City, young Italians would have abandoned the sections of political parties en masse and not specifically to join Mondo Beat, but because, thanks to Mondo Beat, they had realized how political parties programs were out of date. As a result, all Italian political parties (I emphasize: all) were invested by the Contestation, some disappeared, others had to be reorganized, others were created. Every politician in power, regardless of which party, would have lived with the nightmare of his neck under the suspended blade of the guillotine of the Contestation.

Since it is still in shock and does not want all this to be recalled, the Vatican ordered the Zionists, who run the media in Italy, as they do throughout the Western world, to ignore any topic that would remind this page of the history. Therefore, at this time (2020), in no publication all this is frankly described, except in what you read here.

History of Mondo Beat - Chapter 13