Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi expressed strong condemnation on Tuesday for the fascist salutes made by approximately a thousand participants during a commemorative ceremony on Sunday.
During a Senate’s Extraordinary Commission hearing against intolerance, racism, anti-Semitism, and incitement to hatred and violence, Piantedosi stated unequivocally that the events at the demonstration, commemorating the 1978 Acca Larentia massacre in Rome, “arouse indignation.” He said such actions go against the established cultural values in Italy.
Piantedosi acknowledged the sense of indignation was widespread, cutting across various segments of society. However, he cautioned against imposing bans or restrictions on demonstrations, describing such measures as counterproductive and less fruitful.
In response to the episode, the centre-left opposition Democratic Party (PD) announced the filing of a bill aimed at more effectively countering the promotion and glorification of fascist ideology and symbols, which is considered a crime in Italy.
PD lawmaker Andrea De Maria explained on social media that the proposed bill, if supported by the entire parliament, would clarify and strengthen existing legislation related to the repression of the apology of fascism and neo-fascist subversive phenomena.
The PD led opposition criticism following the Sunday episode of Fascist salutes, which occurred during a ceremony recalling the Acca Larentia massacre. Three young men died during the demonstration and ensuing riots.
Gianfranco Fini, the then leader of Fronte della Gioventù, who later served as a foreign minister in Silvio Berlusconi’s second government from 2001 to 2006, was also wounded during the clashes.