In the end, the anti-fascist protesters in Macerata will still take to the streets on Saturday afternoon. The decision was made Wednesday in the late afternoon, at the end of a day marked by the momentous change of heart by the labor unions CGIL, ANPI, ARCI and Libera, which have chosen not to join the national demonstration against fascism and racism that was convened by the Sisma community organization following last week’s mass shooting by the 28-year old Lega Nord militant Luca Traini.
The common front was already crumbling on Tuesday evening, after interminable meetings. The positions of the social centers, the associations and the political parties drifted apart, divided mainly on organizational issues and on who could claim to have had the initiative behind the demonstration.
However, the disagreements still seemed bridgeable—until Wednesday morning, when the mayor of Macerata, Romano Carancini, of the Democratic Party (PD), gave what was clearly a deathblow to the unity of the anti-fascist movements. In a post on his Facebook profile, the mayor asked for all demonstrations to stop because—he claimed—there was “the risk of falling into divisions and possible violence, which we do not want.”