Hundreds of National Association of Italian Partisans’ (ANPI) supporters, including union members, leftist, and anti-fascists, take to streets in Predappio on Friday to celebrate the anniversary of the 1944 liberation of the town.
“On October 28, the partisans of this territory, led by the citizen of Predappio, Giuseppe Ferlini, together with the Poles of the Eighth Army, freed Predappio. We don’t know if they did it deliberately (on this very date), and I guess there was such a thought, or it was accidental. But the fact is that exactly 22 years after the march on Rome, the Partisans and the English Eighth Army expelled Mussolini from Predappio,” President of the Provincial ANPI association, Gianfranco Mirogori, said.
Emma Petitti, President of the Legislative Assembly of Emilia-Romagna region, mentioned that many lives were ‘sacrificed’ and that ‘allowed us today to live in freedom, to be in a democracy, to have a constitution that is founded on those principles of freedom and democracy.’ “We will defend it tooth and nail,” she added.
About 1,000 people are said to have taken part in the gathering which took place in Benito Mussolini’s birthplace.