The peace movement has gone back into the streets, and this time they’re marching. Fifty five years have now passed since the first Perugia-Assisi event organized by the active nonviolence theorist Aldo Capitini against all wars and the inequalities that generate them.
In an international political scenario marked by the Cold War and the fear of the risk of a nuclear holocaust, not only intellectuals but also religious and lay movements took to the streets to send a message in contrast with the dominant ideologies in matters of war, peace and conscientious objection. The flag of peace and a movement of movements were born that would welcome trade unions, NGOs, grassroots communities and leftist organizations. In 1985, in the midst of the difficult test of the movements against the Euromissiles, one of the most attended demonstrations against military spending took place.
Coming to recent times, the memories of many images of the marches of the early 21st century in the times of “humanitarian wars” and “preventive war” against terrorism are still fresh.