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Mass Neo-Fascist Rally Turns Violent in Milan as Far-Right Throw Nazi Salutes

Michael East, Red Revolution

Hundreds of neo-fascists have been pictured throwing up Nazi salutes and chants as they gathered to commemorate the 1975 killing of one of their brethren in Milan.

Marching to commemorate the 1975 killing of Sergio Ramelli, the far-right group placed a placard at the scene of the incident following a march through the area. Police clashes followed as the far-right were seen engaging in fascist chants and salutes, the salutes being illegal in Italy in some circumstances.

Sergio Ramelli was a member of the Italian neo-fascist Youth Front who was attacked by a group from the Avant-Guard Workers, dying from his injuries in April of 1975. The assailants were tried and prosecuted between 1987 and 1990. The murder is commemorated every year by neo-fascist groups in Milian and Italy in general.

The shocking scenes in Milan come​ as racial tensions across​s Italy reach boiling point, inspired in part by the rhetoric of Far-right deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini and The League, racial violence tripling between 2017 and 2018.

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Europe’s Fault Lines: Racism and the Rise of the Right

By Elizabeth Fekete

It is clear that the right is on the rise, but after Brexit, the election of Donald Trump and the spike in popularity of extreme-right parties across Europe, the question on everyone’s minds is: how did this happen? An expansive investigation of the ways in which a newly-configured right interconnects with anti-democratic and illiberal forces at the level of the state, Europe’s Fault Lines provides much-needed answers, revealing some uncomfortable truths. What appear to be “blind spots” about far-right extremism on the part of the state, are shown to constitute collusion-as police, intelligence agencies and the military embark on practices of covert policing that bring them into direct or indirect contact with the far right, in ways that bring to mind the darkest days of Europe’s authoritarian past. Old racisms may be structured deep in European thought, but they have been revitalized and spun in new ways: the war on terror, the cultural revolution from the right, and the migration-linked demonization of the destitute “scrounger.” Drawing on her work for the Institute of Race Relations over thirty years, Liz Fekete exposes the fundamental fault lines of racism and authoritarianism in contemporary Europe.


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