Italy: Fratelli d’Italia candidate suspended for praising Hitler

Italy: Fratelli d’Italia candidate suspended for praising Hitler

A parliamentary candidate from the Fratelli d’Italia (FdI), the most popular post-fascist party in Italy’s September 25 general election, has been suspended after praising Adolf Hitler on social media, it was revealed Tuesday. A few days before the election, the FdI rushed to put an end to the controversy by ousting its executive branch, while its president, Giorgia Meloni, who could become prime minister, is working to give her organization a respectable image and people are forgetting where they come from to do in Mussolini’s Italy.

The suspended candidate ‘effective immediately’

Calogero Pisano, party leader in the province of Agrigento in Sicily and a member of the national leadership, will be suspended from his internal duties “with immediate effect”, according to a statement sent to AFP. He “no longer represents FdI at any level and is prohibited from using its logo”. He will also be summoned before the governing bodies for possible additional sanctions, the statement said.

In a 2014 Facebook post, Calogero Pisano had written in a comment on a slogan released at a public meeting of the FdI Italy Above All in a photo of Giorgia Meloni: “It reminds me of a great man of the ‘ state 70 years ago’. , specifying that he was not talking about Benito Mussolini, but about a “German”. Other publications testify to his attachment to historical fascism.

“Deep Roots Never Freeze”

Vice President of the Democratic Party (center left), Peppe Provenzano, was the first to react to the case uncovered by the daily The Republic. “The deep roots never freeze,” he said on his Twitter account, specifically denouncing the use of the tricolor flame as the FdI emblem adopted by the Italian Social Movement (MSI), founded by Mussolini supporters after the war.

Ruth Dureghello, President of Rome’s Jewish community, said it was “unacceptable that someone who praises Hitler could sit in the next parliament”. Giorgia Meloni, who as a young activist in the 1990s declared that Mussolini was a “good politician”, now asserts that “fascism nostalgics have no place” in his movement.


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