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Mussolini supporters march in Italy while Meloni minister shuts down rave

By Angela Giuffrida

31 Oct 2022 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

The latest focus of the new Italian government is pretty unexpected: the banning of illegal raves. The Guardian reports on the crackdown and the lack of response to the rise in fascist movements.

Politicians from Italy’s leftwing Democratic party have said they will raise questions in parliament after more than 2,000 Benito Mussolini supporters converged on the fascist dictator’s home town over the weekend, as Giorgia Meloni’s government was criticised for instead focusing on shutting down an illegal rave.

Fascist sympathisers from across Italy performed the stiff-armed salute while expressing support for Meloni – whose party, Brothers of Italy, has neofascist roots – as they gathered in Predappio, the Emilia Romagna town where Mussolini was born and is buried, to mark the 100th anniversary of his march on Rome, the event that initiated Italy’s fascist era.

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