A week after the assault on the headquarters of the CGIL by the No Green pass, Rome responds with a unitary anti-fascist demonstration called by all trade unions (follow the live here). “We are over 100 thousand”was the announcement from the stage in Piazza San Giovanni by the organizers. The participants came from all over Italy with 800 pullman, ten special trains and a few flights from the islands. The secretary of the CGIL Maurizio Landini reached the head of the procession behind the opening banner with the words “The CGIL resists. # maipiùfascismi “, welcomed by the choir”we are all antifascists“. “It is a manifestation that defends democracy in our country, therefore of all and not partisan, ”he said. “The attack on the union is actually an attack on the dignity of work for the whole country. And we are in the streets to reaffirm the strength of democracy in our country, the desire to change and the strength of the Constitution ”. Then from the stage, Landini addressed the government: “There is a first act that we ask that the government do, with the support of the whole Parliament: the forces that refer to fascism and use violent acts must be dissolved. From solidarity we must pass to concrete action ”.
Those present and absent in the square – The anti-Mafia priest also paraded next to Landini don Luigi Ciotti, founder of Libera: “Dissent is the salt of democracy and violence is its denial. The violence of fascisms, racisms and sovereignties arises from the poison of a disintegrated society and from a pale democracy where too many rights are words spoken or written on paper but do not translate into concrete “, he declared. In Piazza San Giovanni, in addition to the secretaries of the three trade unions, numerous politicians also presented themselves. The center-right is absent, which has decided not to show up, arguing that it is “a party square” on the eve of the administrative ballots. Present instead: the secretary Pd Enrico Letta, the chairman M5s Giuseppe Conte and the Foreign Minister M5s Luigi Di Maio. Then the Minister of Labor Pd Andrea Orlando, the Minister of Culture Dario Franceschini and that of Health Roberto Speranza. And also the former secretaries dem Nicola Zingaretti e Pierluigi Bersani, the former CGIL secretary Susanna Camusso, the vice president of Emilia-Romagna Elly Schlein and the candidate for mayor in Rome Roberto Gualtieri. The ex first Massimo D’Alema he stigmatized the absence of the leaders of the Lega, Fdi and Fi: “Faced with a very serious fact that is unprecedented in the recent history of our country, such as the raid on the headquarters of a large union, a unanimous response would have been reasonable”. The only center-right exponent present in the square was the deputy Fi Elio Vito: “What a mistake the absence of moderates”.
Landini’s speech – “This beautiful square speaks to the whole country”, began the general secretary of the CGIL, Maurizio Landini, in a dark jacket and red tie. This “It is not just a response to fascist squadsis something more: this square represents the whole of Italy that wants to change the country, that wants to end the history of political violence. Being anti-fascist is to guarantee the democracy of all and the fundamental principles of our Constitution. The whole government assumes this challenge and opens a phase of great social change ”. And “we want to be protagonists of change”. And after asking for a concrete intervention by the State to dissolve the fascist organizations, he launched an appeal for the trial for the murder of the Friulian researcher to go ahead: “We want the truth about Regeni”, said greeted by the applause of the crowd. Then Landini continued, asking for “the application of the Constitution” which “must once again become the North Star of the reform and relaunch of the country”. With the assault on the CGIL headquarters last Saturday “they did damage, they also destroyed works of art, paintings. There is a beautiful painting at Guttuso’s entrance, they didn’t touch it, perhaps because they didn’t even understand what it was. There is a theme: knowledge and culture must be a right guaranteed to all. With knowledge and culture we defeat fascism and violence ”.
The appeals of union leaders: “This is an anti-fascist state” – “It is a great day of democracy”, said the secretary general of the Uil, Pierpaolo Bombardieri. “I was expecting a great participation. It is an important day, here the principle that this is reaffirmed it is an anti-fascist state, that our Constitution is anti-fascist. Cgil, Cisl Uil have always defended these principles and values. We will do it again today. We will not be intimidated by gang attacks. It is an opportunity to also talk about work, about how to rebuild this country ”. And again: “In this square there is the new Resistance. The Resistance which is the one that fought fascism. We want to reaffirm the values of democracy, participation and rejection of violence ”. Shortly after the CISL secretary general spoke Luigi Sbarra he addressed the government and parliament: “Let us proceed quickly with the dissolution of the neo-fascist and neo-Nazi organizations. Let the parliamentary and constitutional arch be united and decisive. It is a necessary step ”. According to Sbarra, moreover, we must proceed with the vaccination obligation: “What do you expect to make the vaccination obligation mandatory, serious that the government and Parliament have not yet done so for mere political convenience and to hide contradictions within the majority. It is serious that in order not to face these contradictions, conflicts and divisions have been discharged in the world of work. Thus there is a risk of transforming workplaces into trenches ”.
The square between balloons and slogans – Many people arrived in Piazza San Giovanni. The atmosphere is serene: many flags of the three trade unions and i balloons blue, red and green. Some Uiltucs demonstrators are wearing a bib that says “vaccinated since April 25, 1945”. The fear, however, is that the peaceful demonstration is being attacked by no green pass, neo-fascists or extremists who can repeat the clashes that took place last Saturday: for this reason the Ministry of the Interior has deployed 2 thousand men to guard the square, lock up the institutional offices and other sensitive places, as well as monitor the polling stations that will open in Rome for ballots on Sunday at 7. “I thank Minister Lamorgese for the work she has done and I also thank the police,” the CGIL secretary said from the march. Party symbols and speeches by politicians are prohibited by the organizers, in order to respect the election silence for the ballots on Sunday 17 October: on the stage there will be interventions by a UIL pensioner, by the general secretary of the CISL Luigi Sbarra, of a health worker delegated by the CGIL, of the general secretary of Uil Pierpaolo Bombardieri, a trade worker delegated by CISL and the general secretary of Ces Luca Visentini. Landini will conclude.