Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Fascist salutes at funeral of popular Rome rightist

English
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Rome, April 26 - Rightist militants made Fascist
salutes at Friday's funeral of a popular neo-Fascist veteran of
Roman politics, Teodoro Buontempo.
Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno of Silvio Berlusconi's People of
Freedom (PdL) party and former PdL Senate caucus leader Maurizio
Gasparri were among the right-wing leaders attending the Mass
for Buontemp, nicknamed 'Er Pecora' (The Goat) in Roman dialect
for his earthy humour and ability to connect with the common
people.
Both PdL heavyweights are former members of the now-defunct
Italian Social Movement (MSI), the neo-Fascist party that grew
out of Benito Mussolini's puppet Italian Social Republic (RSI)
at the end of WWII.
Alemanno, sometimes touted as a future PdL leader, gave
Buontempo the honour of lying in state at the Campidoglio
(Capitol), seat of ancient and modern Roman government.
Pier Ferdinando Casini, leader of a small Centrist Catholic
party, was also present among an estimated 1,000 people in
Rome's central Piazza Venezia, where Mussolini used to mesmerise
throngs from the balcony of Palazzo Venezia.
Fascist salutes are illegal in Italy but often tolerated.
Rightist militants also unfurled banners with neo-Fascist
symbols on and threatened journalists and cameramen.

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