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Video: Protesters Dress up as Zorro to Mock Salvini and His Stolen Childhood Doll in Italy

Anti-fascist groups organised counter protests for Interior Minister Matteo Salvini’s visit to Bari on Tuesday, on the eve of European elections.

Protesters chanted anti-facist slogans and carried critical of Salvini and his party’s stance on migration. 

Some demonstrators dressed as Zorro, the fictional hero, in an effort to mock Salvini, as it was revealed that his Zorro doll was stolen from him as a child. The Zorro protesters in turn demanded that Salvini’s party Lega return fraudulently claimed election expenses.

“As a sign of protest we wear masks of Zorro. We want him to return the €49 million stolen by his party [Lega],” said Rafaele, one of the Zorros.

Protests have followed Salvini everywhere as he tours the country campaigning for Lega in the European parliamentary elections.



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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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