Are we happy? Delighted, but also aware that we cannot enjoy an afternoon like this forever, spent in one of Europe’s most beautiful squares. We will return to the harsh reality, but that will be tomorrow. Today even the organizers are overwhelmed by one of the biggest demonstrations in years.
The parade Saturday in defense of immigration was an enormous hit, thank God. It will register in history not only as the most impressive anti-racist demonstration ever in Italy, but also because it has materialized as if by magic in one of the worst moments in recent history.
Numbers matter: About 100,000 real people. Kilometers of different stories, united by the same feeling, perhaps confused but sincere. Milan-Barcelona, 1-1. And so, Milan — and we hope that it really is always ahead of its time — since Saturday, has truly become a “top player” among welcoming cities.
Mayor Beppe Sala would say so. He’s one of the protagonists of this event. It seems he is the only politician (although he is not really a politician) who is quietly aware that “the issue of immigration will impact our lives for decades to come, and I want to be a builder of bridges, not walls.” And again: “Facing the momentous issue of migration, we cannot turn away. I promise you I will not. I work every day to build a greater Milan, but this would not make sense if the city were to lose its soul of solidarity. I will attempt to make Milan great but without forgetting solidarity.”