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Ripping the mask of respectability from Fini

by Barbara de Vivo, Collettivo Universitario di Letter at La Sapienza
Issue No. 1929

GIANFRANCO FINI has been appointed as the new Italian foreign minister. Fini leads the “post-fascist” Alleanza Nazionale—the reincarnation of the old fascist party the MSI.

The media have presented Fini as someone who has broken completely with the Alleanza Nazionale’s fascist past.

Just how shallow this is was shown on 3 November when Fini was invited to a conference at Rome’s biggest university, La Spaienza.

Just 20 people, none of them students, attended the conference Fini was due to address. But left wing student organisations led demonstrations around the university campus with music and slogans.

There were lots of banners opposing war, against the racist “Bossi-Fini” immigration laws and against Fini’s repressive anti-drugs policies.

In our faculties the spirit of anti-fascist struggle is still strong—plaques are dedicated to anti-fascist students killed during the 1970s.

A gang of men appeared to protect the meeting.

They blocked the entrance to the faculty of law, singing fascist songs from the days of the Mussolini dictatorship, and they taunted us by giving fascist salutes.

That day made it very clear that the smart suits of Fini and the “post-fascist” Alleanza Nazionale are just a shallow veneer.

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Sat 27 Nov 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1929
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