Rome mayor blocks naming street for neo-fascist leader

Rome mayor blocks naming street for neo-fascist leader

Italian city will not be calling a road after notorious post-war far-right figure Giorgio Almirante

Virginia Raggi 
Virginia Raggi 

Rome will not have a street named after Giorgio Almirante, one of the country’s most notorious post-war neo-fascist leaders, after all.

Almirante, who died in 1988, founded the neo-fascist MSI party in 1946. Under fascism, he had signed the anti-Semitic 1938 “Manifesto for the defence of the Race” and served as an editor of the anti-Semitic journal “defence of the Race.”

Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi on Friday blocked a city council motion passed on Thursday to name a street or piazza for Almirante.

The motion had been put forward by the far-right Brothers of Italy party. Italian media reported that almost all council members of Raggi’s populist Five Star Movement had voted in favour of the motion.

Giorgio Almirante

Rome’s Jewish community had branded the attempt “a disgrace to the history of the city.” It said in a statement: “Someone who held the position of editorial secretary of […] the defence of the Race, without ever repenting, does not deserve a street named after him.”

As leader of the MSI, which was dissolved in the 1990s, Almirante was one of Italy’s most prominent far-right politicians, serving for many years in Parliament. There are streets named after him in several towns around Italy.

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