Hundreds of supporters of Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini marched on Sunday to mark the centenary of the so called ‘March on Rome’, which resulted in a coup d’état and fascists’ rise to power.
Fascists could be seen holding banners and chanting marched from the main square of his hometown Predappio to the cemetery, where Mussolini’s tomb is located.
The supporters went on to compare the current Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni with the fascist dictator.
“Giorgia Meloni has nothing to do with this context. It is necessary to let her work. She is with us. I mean, she’s with the Italians,” a supporter said.
“After 100 years, on a political level, in a softer and more democratic way, the left has been expelled from Italy. In an obviously different way. They are at different times. But the concept is the same,” another added.
Meloni’s most right-wing government since World War II takes office at a time when Italy is heading into recession, soaring energy bills, and with no consensus within her coalition over the armed conflict in Ukraine.
The party is widely perceived as the heir of the Italian Social Movement (MSI), a party active from 1945 to 1995 and founded by former members of the banned National Fascist Party of Benito Mussolini.