The protest comes a week after far-right supporters stormed the headquarters of Italy’s oldest trade union.
Tens of thousands of protesters have gathered in Rome to demonstrate against fascism, a week after right-wing extremists stormed their way to the headquarters of Italy’s oldest labor union.
The head of the CGIL trade union, Maurizio Landini, led the protest on Saturday under the slogan: “Fascism will not return again.”
“It is necessary to build a democratic anti-fascist network for the entire continent,” Landini said. “Democracy cannot be exported through wars, but by giving access to work and rights.”
According to media reports, more than 50,000 people participated in the march in Piazza San Giovanni. Among those present were Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio and former Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.
Some participants waved slogans in favor of coronavirus vaccines, in direct response to protesters armed with sticks and metal bars. They destroyed the headquarters of CGIL in Rome On October 9.
Last week’s demonstration began as a peaceful protest against new government regulations that impose the strictest vaccine requirements in Europe.
The measure, which went into effect Friday, requires proof of vaccination, a negative test within 48 hours or proof of recovery from COVID-19 to reach workplaces.
An unauthorized march broke out from the main rally in Piazza del Popolo and attempted to reach Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s office.
Among them were supporters of the far-right group Forza Nuova, who waved the Italian flag and extended their arm in a fascist “Romanian” salute.
The group arrived at CGIL’s headquarters and briefly stormed its headquarters. The union blamed the violence on “fascist task forces”.
“[This was] “An attack on democracy and the world of work that we are determined to repel,” Landini said at the time. “No one should think that they can take our country back to the years of fascism.”
Addressing the crowd on Saturday, Landini recalled the arrest of Jews that took place in the ghetto in Rome on October 16, 1945, saying that a return to political violence would not be tolerated.
“Anti-fascism means ensuring democracy for all and preserving the principles of our constitution,” he said.
Landini also used the platform to demand truth and justice for Giulio Regeni, a 28-year-old doctoral student who was murdered in Cairo in 2016.
The trial in absentia was for four Egyptian security officers suspended earlier this week, due to concerns that the defendants might not be aware of the charges against them.
The Rome court’s decision to dismiss the case thwarted years of efforts to investigate the events that led to the student’s disappearance in Egypt and the closure of the victim’s family.