Western Europe

Italy arrests neo-fascist leaders for inciting violence during protests

17:50, 10 October 2021
Italy arrests neo-fascist leaders for inciting violence during protests Photo: Сергей Булкин/NEWS.ru

Several members of the far-right party Forza Nuova, including two executives, have been detained following the recent anti-health-pass protests.

Italian police arrested on Sunday a dozen members of the far-right party Forza Nuova (New Force) after protests in Rome turned violent. Among the arrested, there were two leaders of the group, National secretary Roberto Fiore and the party’s Head in Rome Giuliano Castellino.

"Those responsible for the assault on CGIL's headquarters were quickly arrested. They have been fueling tension and violence for too long," said Senator Federico Fornaro from the Democratic Party (PD).

A total of 12 members of the far-right party created in 1997 were arrested. Apart from immigration blockage, the party supports the abortion ban and abolishing punishment for hate crimes incitation.

Forza Nuova has never received more than 0,5% of electoral votes even in the case of reuniting in coalitions with other far-right groups. Centrists and leftists have called on to ban the movement.

“Enough of neo-fascist violence. Tomorrow we will present to Parliament an urgent notice demanding that the government dissolve Forza Nuova,” another PD member Emanuele Fiano said.

Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s entourage backs the intention. The idea has also been approved by Italian General Confederation of Labour’s leader Maurizio Landini who announced an anti-fascist manifestation in the country on October 16.

More than 10,000 people gathered in the streets on Saturday to protest against the health pass extension which can suspend unvaccinated workers and freeze their salaries.

By night the demonstrations became violent as the protesters clashed with police forces who had to use water cannons, batons, and tear gas.