The Italian Prime Minister, the far-right Giorgia Meloni, assured this Tuesday that the right-wing parliamentary parties “have declared their incompatibility with any nostalgia for fascism” and that the Liberation Party from Nazi-fascism, which is celebrated today, must be “a moment of national harmony”in a letter published by the newspaper “Corriere della Sera”.
Meloni wrote this letter after the controversy of these days following the declarations of some of the members of his party, Brothers of Italy, such as the president of the Senate, Ignazio LaRussawhich declared that the Italian Constitution was not “anti-fascist”.
The association of Italian partisans (ANPI), those who fought against the Nazi occupation and fascism, asked this Monday that the Government publicly declare its “anti-fascism”.
On her first April 25 as Prime Minister, Meloni hoped that her reflections published in the newspaper “contribute to making this anniversary a moment of rediscovery of national harmony in which the celebration of our new freedom will help us to understand and strengthen the Italy’s role in the world as an indispensable bulwark of democracy”.
“Since April 25, a democracy has been born in Italy in which no one would be willing to give up the freedoms they have earned. In which, that is, freedom and democracy are the patrimony of everyone, whether they like it or not. that they wish it weren’t so. And this is not only the greatest achievement our nation can boast of, but the only true antidote to any risk of authoritarianism,” writes Meloni.
The prime minister adds that “the fundamental fruit of April 25 was, and undoubtedly continues to be, the affirmation of democratic values, which fascism had trampled on and which we find engraved in the republican Constitution”.
“For many years, and as any honest observer acknowledges, the parties that represent the right in Parliament have declared their incompatibility with any nostalgia for fascism,” highlights the far-right leader.
Some of the members of the Italian Executive will be in various parts of the country remembering this national holiday, although others such as the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Matteo Salvini, He assured that on April 25 he will spend it with his family.
The day began with the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarellawho went with Meloni and La Russa, to the Altar de la Patria in the central Venice square, where they placed a laurel wreath and will later visit Cuneo (north) to honor the memory of Duccio Galimbertipartisan leader assassinated by fascists at the age of 38.
In a highly criticized gesture, La Russa today confirmed his trip to Prague, where in addition to participating in a meeting of the presidents of the parliaments of the member countries of the European Union (EU), he will pay tribute to the monument dedicated to Jan Palachhero of the opposition to the Soviet regime, for later visit the Nazi concentration camp of Theresienstadt.