Conservative formations are opposed to the measure, which is being argued for its “clear neo-fascist inspiration” and its strategy of “instrumentalizing economic malaise.”
Last Saturday’s demonstration in Rome against the use of the covid passport, which ended with a pitched battle in the streets in which far-right radicals devastated the headquarters of the CGIL, the country’s main union, has caused a political commotion in Italy in which Prime Minister Mario Draghi intervened on Monday. “Unions are a garrison of democracy and workers’ rights. No tolerance for intimidation and episodes of violence, “commented the Chief Executive after visiting the CGIL headquarters that suffered the attack, orchestrated by Forza Nuova.
The protest occurred a few days after the Covid passport was required from all workers, both in the public and private sectors, which will occur from Friday. Two of the leaders of this neo-fascist party are among the dozen arrested by the security forces, who ended up with 38 of their agents with injuries and contusions due to the confrontation with the radicals.
This political formation now runs the risk of being dissolved if any of the two motions presented in Parliament by the Democratic Party (PD, center-left) and Italia Viva go through. The PD made use of the Constitution to ask the Executive, of which it is a part, to outlaw Fuerza Nueva for its “clear neo-fascist inspiration” and also for its strategy, deployed in recent months, of “instrumentalizing the economic malaise” caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
«The past must not return»
On the contrary, the conservative parties in Parliament declared themselves against the outlawing of Forza Nuova due to the assault on the Cgil headquarters, whose website suffered a computer attack of unknown origin on Monday, although for those responsible for the union it also has the signature of the extreme right. Maurizio Landini, general secretary of the Cgil, said that “the past must not return” and thanked Draghi’s visit.
The presence of the prime minister at the union’s Roman headquarters devastated at the demonstration “was not taken for granted” and is “a particularly important and significant event,” said Landini, celebrating the “closeness of the government and all the institutions” that the chief executive had transmitted.
The Rome Prosecutor’s Office announced the opening of an investigation into the attack on the headquarters of the Cgil. Likewise, there was no lack of voices that asked the Ministry of the Interior for a greater deployment of the security forces in the demonstrations of groups opposed to vaccines and the covid passport, so that situations like those of last Saturday are not repeated.