Fiumicello, Udine, held its breath yesterday for Giulio Regeni.
Here the streets are named after icons of justice and of the left: May Day, the Rosselli brothers, Antonio Gramsci, Falcone and Borsellino. The main street, via Gramsci, was at one point blocked for two hours to allow for the influx of mourners.
The grief wasn’t restricted to this small hamlet in Italy’s northeast corner, but across the province of Udine all activity stopped for an hour of stillness.
This is the hometown of Giulio Regeni, who yesterday, after an extraordinary, participatory and peaceful ceremony, was returned to be with his family. It was a somber homecoming to the places he left to research the world abroad.
The sky was dark, with little rain, and cold. Even the anger cooled. Only a few minutes of sun glimpsed through the clouds just after the commencement of the farewell ceremony.