Repudiation in Italy of violent anti-vaccine and neo-fascist demonstrations

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After the aggressive demonstrations of the anti Green Pass last Saturday in Rome, Milan and other cities in Italy, the police arrested 12 people in the Italian capital on Sunday (another in Milan and 57 reported), including two leaders of the far-right Forza Nuova considered allegedly involved and / or responsible for the organization of this march where flew “letter bombs”(Rudimentary explosive), stones and other objects against the police and public buildings.

In Rome, moreover, protesters stormed the headquarters of the Italian Confederation of Workers (CGIL, left), one of the three main trade union centers in Italy.

In principle, the demonstration had been organized, without police authorization as is required in Italy, in Piazza Navona to protest against the legal obligation of the Green Pass (the driving license, even in Europe and other countries, which is obtained after the second dose of the covid vaccine) and that As of October 15, it will be mandatory in Italy to enter workplaces, whether public or private. Some of the protesters then moved towards the CGIL headquarters in Corso d’Italia, not far from Via Veneto. There they forced the door and entered destroying glass, doors, walls, furniture. The assault by the protesters, most of them No Vacs (anti-covid vaccine) and from the right, resembled the disaster caused by the defenders of former President Donald Trump at the Washington Capitol last January. But of course, of many smaller dimensions.

In Rome, another part of the people headed down Via del Corso towards Chigi Palace, seat of government, and a few meters from the Chamber of Deputies building. The protesters were dispersed after a few hours of disorder and protests and with the intervention of the police who had to use tear gas (something very rare in Italy) and fire hydrant trucks.

But the attacks did not end there. During the night another group of neo-fascists attacked the guard of the Umberto Primo Hospital in Rome, perhaps to free one of those arrested who had been admitted to the hospital because he was injured. They broke open a guard gate, hit a nurse with a bottle. But they apparently failed to remove the wounded man.

In fact, the idea of ​​this aggressive march was to provoke panic and manipulate the No Green Pass in favor of the right. But some wonder if this act with few precedents at least in recent years in Italy, could not influence the choice of candidates – hurting the right – that people will have to do on October 17 and 18, when it takes held the second round of municipal elections in many Italian cities, including Rome and Turin (north).

Among those arrested Saturday and Sunday in Rome are at least two leaders of Forza Nuova, Roberto Fiore and Giuliano Castellino, but also Biaggio Pasano, leader of the organization “Io apro” (I open) a group of merchants and restaurant owners who are They opposed the closure ordered by the health ministry during the most aggressive months of the pandemic, and also Luigi Aronica, a former member of NAR (Núcleos Armados Revolucionario), a neo-fascist terrorist organization that emerged in the 1970s.

Some 38 representatives of the police and security forces were injured. The police, as it transpired, have managed to identify 600 participants in the marches.

“Bella Ciao”, the solidarity of the people and politicians

Prime Minister Mario Drgahi, through a statement released by the government, “condemned the violence that occurred on Saturday in several Italian cities.” The “right to express one’s ideas can never degenerate into acts of aggression and intimidation,” Draghi stressed.

On Sunday numerous marches and acts of solidarity with the CGI were organizedL in various cities of the country. Even leftist militants and members of the CGIL gathered in front of the door of that organization with red flags and singing a song from the times of World War II that alluded to the anti-fascist resistance: “Bella Ciao.”

The current leader of the CGIL, Maurizio Landini, called on Italians to eliminate job insecurity in the country. “There is a malaise in our country that must be addressed. It is time to make decisions, applying the Constitution also means dissolving certain organizations, “he said, referring to the groups that organized the attacks on Saturday. But above all, according to Landini, social unrest must be resolved by putting work at the center of concerns ”.

“Total condemnation” of what happened on Saturday, “the president of Forza Italia (Silvio Berlusconi, center-right) has called Landini by phone to express all his solidarity. It was a vile act that should be condemned without any doubt, ”the national coordinator of Forza Italia, Antonio Tajani, told the press, but not before clarifying that his party has nothing to do with these characters and that in these acts of violence, it mixes neo-fascist violence with others that must be carefully analyzed ”.

The maximum exponent of the Democratic Party (center-left), Enrico Letta, for his part, on Sunday visited the CGIL headquarters in Rome to express his solidarity. “We must not lower our guard,” he said, “and we must be clear about the disbandment of Forza Nuova. We will present a motion in Congress. Our Constitution is very clear in this regard. Forza Nuova must be used. Worse, you have to be very attentive in relation to the next demonstrations and take effective precautions ”. The Italian Constitution, born after the Second World War, specifies among other things that fascist parties cannot be reorganized.

“We cannot accept that there is violence of this kind in our country,” commented the current head of the Five Star Movement, former Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, “when he left the CGIL where he went to express his solidarity. For which I trust the evaluation that justice will do. But I also believe that the conditions exist to dissolve Forza Nuova ”.

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