Rome, special correspondent.
When MEP Carlo Fidanza, head of the Brothers of Italy delegation to the European Parliament, takes a photo with his friends, he doesn’t say “cheese” but “Berizzi”. A way of taunting Paolo Berizzi, the only journalist in Europe to live under police escort after threats from neo-Nazi groups. This scene, taken from a hidden camera investigation by the online media Fanpage.it, illustrates the habits and customs of the Milanese neo-fascist group of Jonghi Lavarini, nicknamed by his family “the Black Baron”. At home, we say hello by doinghe raised arm of the fascists, and a swastika in the back becomes for the leader of the group a “Patriotic tattoo” …
Salvini and Meloni cry conspiracy
The group, made up of former soldiers or police officers, pushes its pawns within the extreme right parties that are the League of Matteo Salvini and Brothers of Italy of Giorgia Meloni. Faced with accusations of racism and illegal financing, revealed in the journalistic investigation, the two formations first shouted a plot, the video being released on September 30, three days before the first round of municipal elections. Since then, Giorgia Meloni has had to ensure that there was no place in his party for those who propagate anti-Semitism or violence, while tackling those who, on the left, would refuse to “To condemn Stalinism”.
Now the main parties of the center-right coalition, far ahead of Forza Italia by Silvio Berlusconi, thehe League and Brothers of Italy try to dissociate their image from historical fascism. But this distancing should not deceive anyone. In an interview with Fatto Quotidiano, former MEP Mario Borghezio, a reference man for the Black Baron within the League, declares that, “Among those who say ‘long live the Duce’ or say the Roman salute, there are people of good faith” . He now accuses Meloni and Salvini of “Exploit black hearts as labor for propaganda when they should be made to participate in the construction of a project”.
A “fascism of the third millennium”
In reality, the neofascists are already at the center of the system. “Their strategy is to create political culture within the League and the Brothers of Italy. Editions linked to the Casapound group have increased their sales by 20% in two years ”, explain to Humanity Stefano Galieni, leader of the Communist Refoundation Party. In the north, Lealta Azione has key positions in the territorial animation of the League and elected officials. In Rome, where the second round of the municipal election is being played this Monday, several members of Casapound, who advocates a “Fascism of the third millennium”, appear in the lists supporting the candidate of the right-wing coalition, Enrico Michetti.
Proof that the slums of the right disturb: Friday, at the end of the campaign, the first intervention of the liberal Vittorio Sgarbi was devoted to responding to accusations of fascism. He introduced Michetti, who had launched his campaign by describing the Roman salute as the most hygienic way to say hello, as a “Christian Democrat” which faces a left assimilated to ” The inquisition ” and at “Regime called communist” . Fascism would be, according to this specialist in art history, “A dead story”. Only architectural values and vestiges remain, such as the district of ” their “, in Rome , and, in Africa, the capital of Eritrea, Asmara, “Protected by Unesco” . It was from this colony that the bloody invasion of Ethiopia by Mussolini was launched. The Italian right wields a dangerous dialectic.