Stop DDL Zan: Bergamo takes to the streets, Gandi: “By your side in this battle”

Bergamo. The gray sky of an autumn Sunday ends in the background submerged by the rainbow colors of bags, flags, scarves, umbrellas. Bergamo takes to the streets against the stop of DDL Zan and I did it on Sunday 31 October in front of Palazzo Frizzoni, seat of the Municipality of Bergamo. It is 3 pm when there are already flags and umbrellas in front of the door of the town hall in case of rain, microphones and loudspeakers are tested. Then the music starts and slowly the square fills up and the colorful protesters also flood part of the Sentierone.

“We are here to hear another kind of applause,” he remarks Valentina Ghilardi, president of Bergamo Pride and asks politicians to listen to the requests coming from citizens.

Then the real manifestation starts. Various representatives of the associations take a voice. Cristina in the Alps, Marco Arlati of Arcigay Bergamo which also asks for “equalitarian marriage and adoptions: we are not second-class citizens”. Then there is the parents’ association Agedo, then it’s the turn of Valentina Ghilardi, of Bergamo Pride e Ervin Bajrami at UCRI (Union of Romanés communities in Italy): “I am convinced that civil rights are the rights of everyone and not just of the minority who requests them, we will all have to start from the same point, through social and legislative equality, intersectional . The Zan Bill was classified with a bill for the LGBT + community, in reality the protection also extends to people with disabilities and women, other than a minority. A bill albeit to the downside with that famous article 4 which defends freedom of opinion despite article 21 of the Constitution, as if insulting or beating someone by praising hate crimes could be an opinion. The vote was deliberately by secret ballot because the political responsibility towards the citizenship of these so-called “ladies” is zero, given the reaction to the non-passage of the articles and consequently the death of the Zan bill. We have a powerful weapon on our side, the vote, we exploit without forgetting the historical defeat that that vote represents, not for the LGBT + community, not for people with disabilities, not for women and that’s it but for the whole of society, because civil rights belong to everyone and not only to those who request them to be protected and to have social and legislative equality “.

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Bergamo in the square against the stop of DDL Zan

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Bergamo in the square against the stop of DDL Zan

Finally the microphone goes to the deputy mayor of Bergamo, Sergio Gandhi. “The thing that we often forget when we find ourselves in a place like this is that we take care of people. We are talking about people who have duties and rights. This fixed point escaped those who at that moment in the Senate acted according to other logics and made calculations of another nature. But I would also invite you to distinguish, now I am speaking here because I also represent an institution that is the Municipality of Bergamo and I am among those who are involved in politics at this stage of their life, not everything is the same and not everyone thinks the same. Those who applauded and voted in that way have a certain belonging and are part of a world, you must remember this because the battles must be fought with the people who are there and who are in solidarity with these issues. As long as we are in this building, the Bergamo administration is and will be at your side ”.

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