Lunedì, 15 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Napolitano calls for govt courage on Liberation Day

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Rome, April 25 - As children sang and Italian
President Giorgio Napolitano spoke of civic virtues, some
Italian legislators used Liberation Day ceremonies as a platform
for politics.
As a children's choir sang the traditional partisans'
anthem "Bella, Ciao", Napolitano urged Italians to find courage
in the current economic and political turmoil roiling Italy.
"We are in a time of ... crisis," he said at the national
Museum of Liberation in central Rome, a former SS detention
centre where prisoners were tortured and killed.
Napolitano noted the memorial in Via Tasso was a powerful
reminder of the value of courage and determination as exhibited
during the Second World War by Rome' Resistance forces.
"We have much to learn about how to address these crucial
moments: with courage, firmness and sense of unity that were
decisive for winning the battle of the Resistance".
Ceremonies were held across the country on the national
holiday established to commemorate this, the 68th year since
Allied Forces liberated Italy from Nazi occupation.
A postwar tradition has always seen April 25, 1945, as the
moment when a divided Italy rallied behind Resistance leaders to
raise the country from the ashes and recover its patriotic
honour.
Centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi, a three-time premier
who is bidding to play a large part in a government now
struggling to take shape, boycotted the Day on several
occasions, claiming it was a Communist celebration.
Some saw the latest event as another platform for their
political messages.
Beppe Grillo, leader of the anti-establishment 5-Star
Movement, boycotted the event, suggesting that Italian politics
have become so foul that liberty in Italy has been destroyed and
the commemorative ceremony is therefore "dead".
"If the partisans were to come back among us, they would be
crying," Grillo wrote on his blog.
Another M5S politician said the ceremonies had been twisted
into a kind of "comedy" by a corrupt system, remarks deemed
offensive by his opponents.
The leader of Italy's biggest and most left-wing union,
Susanna Camusso, said: "Saying Liberation Day is dead is the
worst (possible) thing you can say...You cancel the common roots
of our country".

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