Should we—and could we—“dissolve the groups that are inspired by fascism,” as Laura Boldrini, president of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, called for on Sunday while speaking before an anti-fascist mural in the Niguarda neighborhood of Milan?
Boldrini has long supported a number of initiatives by which the National Association of Italian Partisans (ANPI) is trying to draw attention to the mounting risks of neo-Fascism. The proposal entitled Mai più fascismi (“Never again Fascisms!”), promoted by the ANPI, ARCI, ACLI, ANED, CGIL, CISL, Libera and other trade associations, calling for the dissolution of neofascist and neo-Nazi groups, has collected more than 60,000 online signatures and others more from street-level campaigns since the beginning of the year.
The Interior Minister Marco Minniti has been much more cautious, however, explaining in various settings—including in the halls of Parliament—that without a definitive conviction, one cannot proceed to dissolve such groups. Boldrini’s statement Sunday has been lauded almost exclusively by those associated with Liberi e Uguali, the electoral alliance for which Minniti is running for Deputy.