Anti-Right-Wing Sardines Protest in Rome

Thousands of members of the Sardine Movement led by young Italians gathered in Rome today to protest as part of a fight against xenophobia and a change in Italian politics.

The on-site police estimated that up to 40,000 people participated, but the organizer did not release official statistics.

Sardines have become a symbol of protest against far-right leader Matteo Salvini, who served as deputy prime minister and interior minister in the former coalition government of Italy and worked hard Ban on immigration.

Roberto Piperno, a retiree who protested in Rome’s huge San Giovanni Square, sang the anti-fascist song “Goodbye, girl!” (BellaCiao) with the crowd.

He participated in demonstrations because he didn’t want to see “hate propaganda” and stood by and would make himself “shame Italian.”

Mattia Santori, a 32-year-old co-founder of the Sardine Movement, told the masses that the concept of spearheading populism is to distribute new kinetic energy in a broader direction through more freedom and autonomy than traditional political parties. .

 

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A sardine campaign launched in Bologna, northern Italy a month ago, when four obscure campaigners organized a protest rally, condemning Salvini for promoting “hatred and division” and accidentally attracting up to 15,000 people participate.

Since then, the grassroots movement has been protesting in the streets of Milan, Florence, Naples and Palermo, attracting thousands of people.

Santori told media”It was anti-Salvini, and then it became a reaffirmation of democracy: we are anti-fascist, we support equality, we oppose intolerance, xenophobia and homophobia.”

Santori and three other founders said they wanted to “calm down” politics.

Many members of the Sardine Movement also oppose climate change, mafia and poverty.

The sardine movement is focusing attention on “fragile” towns that are susceptible to “simple ideas and populism.” The campaign is in response to Salvini’s far-right “League” growing in northern Italy.

The Alliance Party won a historic victory in local elections in central Italy’s Umbria region at the end of October, which has been led by the left for the past half century.

Salvini is now running hard, trying to take another leftist base, the affluent northeast Emilio Romagna. Local elections are scheduled to take place on January 26 next year. Polls show that the approval rate of the Alliance candidate is indistinguishable from that of the current center-left region chief.

Salvini had previously threatened to conquer each region one by one, overthrow the current coalition government formed by the Five Star Movement and the Democratic Party to the left, and force an early election.

There are also small-scale gatherings in Brussels, Madrid, and Bordeaux in southwestern France to support the sardine movement. About 300 people participated in the Madrid rally, of which 43-year-old Angelo Pirola tsaid “I am here to say” no “to fascist politicians.”