“We are so many, the square is full: the rain hasn’t stopped us.” At 4:30 p.m. Saturday, as the rain falls heavier and heavier, Carla Nespolo proudly claims the event as a success. Before her is an overflowing Piazza del Popolo, while all the politicians of the Democratic Party who came just for an electoral photo-op have already vanished backstage.
The 23 organizations, with CGIL and ARCI at the head, which launched the initiative “Never again fascism!” and which have managed to stage an event that was in no way easy, due to the time that has already passed since the events in Macerata, are not hiding their disappointment toward those who have only come briefly to be seen by the cameras.
At the start of the march, in Piazza Esedra at 1:30, there is no one from the PD to be seen. The unusual hour, especially for Rome, and the many buses which got stopped by police at the freeway exits (“They confiscated the wine from the Veronese, imagine how angry they’ll be when they get here!” someone jokes) have resulted in thin crowds at the start—not a very reassuring sight.