Among those arrested are two leaders of the Fuerza Nueva party who attacked the headquarters of the main union on Saturday in the capital.
The serious clashes that for hours sowed chaos on Saturday night in the center of Rome were responded to this Sunday with the arrest of a dozen neo-fascists. Among them, the national secretary of the far-right Fuerza Nueva party, Roberto Fiore, and Giuliano Castellino, responsible for the movement in the capital, for promoting and perpetrating the assault on the headquarters of the CGIL, the country’s main trade union confederation, in a protest against the health passport.
Images collected by the newspaper ‘La Repubblica’ show that both Castellino and Fiore separated from the demonstration to attack the CGIL building, which suffered serious damage when hundreds of people supported the action and confronted the forces of order by throwing objects at them. The police had to use water cannons, tear gas, smoke bombs and stun grenades to disperse the perpetrators of clashes that lasted several hours.
Assassins! or “We want the resignation of Mario Draghi and Sergio Mattarella!” protesters clamored in reference to the prime minister and the president of the Republic, according to local press. Draghi, like the head of state, telephoned the general secretary of the CGIL, Maurizio Landini, to convey the government’s solidarity. “Trade unions are a fundamental defense of democracy and workers’ rights. Any intimidation against them is unacceptable and must be absolutely firmly rejected, “he said in a statement.
Stop the violence
The chief executive also took the opportunity to condemn the violence that occurred in other Italian cities. For example, in Milan, the Police also had to charge against those attending the ‘No Green Pass’ march, which was the third consecutive Saturday of violent clashes. “The right to express one’s ideas can never degenerate into acts of aggression and intimidation,” Draghi warned.
For his part, the deputy of the Democratic Party, Emanuele Fiano, announced in a ceremony this Sunday with representatives of the CGIL that he will present an urgent motion to Parliament in the next few hours “to ask for the dissolution of Fuerza Nueva and the other openly fascist movements ». His comrade in the ranks, Senator Andrea Marcucci, was just as forceful: «Fascist violence must stop immediately. All the democratic forces are today with the CGIL and the police forces.
Fuerza Nueva, founded in 1997, is an extremist group that proposes the prohibition of abortion, end immigration and abolish the laws that combat incitement to hatred for political reasons, race or religion in Italy. However, in none of the elections he has run, alone or in coalition, has he achieved 0.5% of the votes. Now, as a result of the latest incidents, there are many voices, especially from the center and from the left, who demand its banning.
“Attack on democracy”
The CGIL union, in the voice of its general secretary, Maurizio Landini, considered what happened Saturday night a “fascist assault.” “It is an attack on democracy and the entire world of work that we want to reject. Nobody wants to return our country to twenty years of fascism, “he stressed.
Over the last few months, anti-vaccine and anti-passport groups have become radicalized throughout Italy. Journalists, virologists and politicians have received death threats and in early September it was learned that the most extremist members of this movement planned to use weapons and homemade explosives in a protest at that time in Rome to protest against the use of the health certificate.