Tens of thousands demonstrate in Rome against neo-fascists

Tens of thousands of union members and other Italians gathered in Rome on Saturday to stand up against growing fascism, a week after right-wing …

Tens of thousands of union members and other Italians gathered in Rome on Saturday to stand up against growing fascism, a week after right-wing extremists entered the headquarters of Italy’s most powerful union confederation while protesting against a COVID-19 certification requirement for jobs.

The chairman of the trade union federation CGIL, Maurizio Landini, led the protest with other union leaders under the motto: “Never again fascism”.

The organizers put the crowd gathered for the protest in front of St. John Lateran Basilica at 100,000 people.

Some participants waved flags that read “Si Vax” in direct response to the demonstrators, armed with sticks and metal bars, who destroyed the CGIL headquarters in Rome on October 9th.

They protested a state requirement that went into effect Friday requiring proof of vaccination, a negative test within 48 hours, or proof of recovery from COVID-19 in order to gain access to jobs.

Landini, general secretary of the CGIL, has compared the attack on the union headquarters with attacks by the newly formed fascist party in 1921 against union organizers. Fascist leader Benito Mussolini came to power the next year and later led Italy into World War II as an ally of Nazi Germany.

Landini said Saturday’s event was intended as “a demonstration defending democracy for all. That is the topic. “

Italian General Trade Union Confederation (CISL) chairman Luigi Sbarra said an attack on unions led by the far-right Forza Nuova party “made the only choice to be here united against all forms of fascism”. He called for the Italian authorities to dissolve the party as soon as possible.

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