In a climate of terror, in which TV stations are obsessively reporting on “nightmare rallies,” a very different event took place on the streets of Rome this weekend: a sea of peaceful anti-fascist and anti-racist demonstrators, brought together by the trade associations ANPI, CGIL, ARCI, and Libera.
A banner held up by those in the first row of the march says it all: “Macerata — anti-fascist and anti-racist.” It was a reminder that the turning point for everyone came after the militia-style attack on black people in Macerata by the fascist and Lega Nord supporter Luca Traini. Afterward, on Feb. 10, 30,000 people took to the streets, ignoring Interior Minister Marco Minniti’s threats to ban the march and the initial step back taken by the organizations which had convened it.
The Left of all stripes was out on the streets Saturday—with all its disagreements and divisions, of course. Liberi e Uguali were present, as well as the Democratic Party and the representatives of Potere al Popolo.