An Italian senator and Holocaust survivor who was put under police protection after receiving antisemitic threats online was escorted through downtown Milan by the mayors of Italian cities and ordinary citizens in a show of support.
Some of Liliana Segre’s escorts in the march on Tuesday evening carried a large banner reading “Hatred has no future,” The Associated Press reported.
Segre, 89, a senator for life, was provided with a police escort last month after she proposed a new parliamentary panel against racism, discrimination, antisemitism and online hatred. Following passage of the proposal, she began receiving about 200 negative messages, including antisemitic threats and vitriol, a day.
About 1,000 mayors wearing sashes in the colours of the Italian flag marched with Serge in a show of support organised by the Italian mayors association. Thousands of supporters marched along and lined the streets, according to the report.
Segre was 13 when she was deported to Auschwitz in 1944.
“I have known hatred. I have known what it means to be a reject of the society to which I believed I belonged,” Serge told the crowd, AP reported. “I heard the words of hatred, hateful and insulting, and I saw with my eyes the realisation of a ferocious program prepared from hatred.”
Segre also supports a National Museum of Resistance. It was announced this week that the museum will be built in Milan.
Liliana Segre, an 89 year-old Holocaust survivor and Italian Senator, has received hundreds of anti-Semitic threats.
So today thousands and thousands of people marched alongside Liliana through the streets of Milan to show their support.pic.twitter.com/eqyUPBOvKD
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