Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Italian right, center mourn neo-Fascist leader Pino Rauti

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Rome, November 2 - A chorus of Italian right-wing
and centrist politicians on Friday mourned Pino Rauti, former
leader of Italy's main postwar neo-Fascist party, the Italian
Social Movement, who died in Rome at 86.
"He was an impassioned intellectual and sometimes
controversial, but he always defended his ideas with great
tenacity," said former premier Silvio Berlusconi, whose
sentiments were echoed by the secretary of his centre-right
People of Freedom Party (PdL).
"Rauti leaves all of us, especially the young, with a
lesson: there is a necessary link between politics and culture,
between concrete action in the present and historical, social
and cultural research," said Angelino Alfano.
Pier Ferdinando Casini, the leader of the centrist UDC,
called Rauti "a courageous intellectual of great depth".
A diehard soldier in Benito Mussolini's puppet regime of
Salo', Rauti founded one of Italy's main postwar neo-Fascist
groups, Far, in 1946, along with former comrade Giorgio
Almirante before throwing in his lot with the bigger MSI.
He left the MSI, led by the charismatic Almirante, in the
mid-50s, forming the more radical Ordine Nuovo (New Order), but
returned to the fold in 1972 and became party leader off and on
until 1987, when he was defeated by Gianfranco Fini, now House
Speaker.
Rauti marched off with a small band of diehards when Fini
turned the MSI into the more moderate National Alliance in 1995.
Rauti's new party, dubbed the MS-Tricolor Flame, refused an
alliance with the centre right in 1996 - a move that cost the
coalition led by then premier Silvio Berlusconi several key
marginal seats.
Fini eventually became first an ally and later a party
colleague of Berlusconi before an acrimonious split two years
ago.
"Rigorous parliamentarian, intellectual of profound
culture, Rauti passionately expressed the dedication and ideals
of the nation," said a statement from Fini's office Friday.
Rauti, a journalist for the Rome-based daily Il Tempo, was
at various times linked to extremist tendencies and even
terrorism but the claims never stuck, including being brought to
trial over alleged links to the 1969 Piazza Fontana bombing in
Milan, which killed 17 people.
An icon of the far right, Rauti was admired by supporters
for his anti-capitalist views, criticism of American
'imperialism' and support for improving conditions in the
developing world.
His daughter is married to Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno, a
leading member of Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party.
Funeral services for Rauti are scheduled Monday in Rome's
St Mark's church.

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