“Basta, racism! Basta, racism!”
Enough with racism was the chanted demand of the thousands of Senegalese taking part in a march here Saturday, and the meaning behind these words has been given life once more. This time, the face of tragedy is that of Idy Diéne, and the associations of Senegalese people from Tuscany, in their own words, wanted the march “to be a painful remembrance of a loved one, but also a collective affirmation of the rejection of the incitement to hatred against migrants and refugees, which has been a marked feature of the public discourse during the past year.”
A clearly multi-generational and highly diverse crowd took over Piazza Santa Maria Novella, Via dei Fossi, the Lungarno Vespucci and Lungarno Soderini, the Ponte alla Carraia and the Amerigo Vespucci bridge—the place where the 54-year-old Diéne, a street vendor, became the subject of target practice for a gun-obsessed retired printer, who then murdered him with a final bullet to the head.