First-hand Account of the IGAF Meeting
"The organizers of the conference did not expect the amount of interest shown in it by the public at large. There was an ever increasing number of participants from many European countries, and non-European as well; the gathering turned into the first ever Continent-wide convention dealing with men's rights.
"The meeting had hardly been announced, when a media campaign of smears was unleashed. Several of the groups that initially planned on attending began dropping out. Threats were made. Finally, the site of the convention was changed due to security concerns.
"In order to guarantee the security of the participants, at midnight the day before the conference, participants were contacted electronically and informed of the secret new location of the gathering.
"Once the ID of the participants was verified from an authorized list, the attendees were transported to a hotel in the mountains, about 25 km outside of Zurich.
"The conference began with a recounting of the threats made, and the difficulties endured in trying to find a suitable place to host the meeting. Potential sites were heavily pressured not to allow the conference to take place on their premises; in fact two cancelled before satisfactory accomodations could be found.
"The necessity for discretion and secrecy was continously reiterated. The conference was guarded by private security guards. The press was forbidden to snap photos of the attendee's faces. Once the conference ended, round about 5PM, there was supposed to be a time for questions and socializing among the participants. The police however gave orders to evacuate the premises. It seems the owners of the hotel had no idea what the purpose of the meeting was, and began asking suspicious questions."
Anybody who wants to have a go at learning Italian, can read this and much more in its native habitat, linked below. I've got my hands full with studying German; Italian will have to wait: