Thousands of so-called ‘sardine’ protesters rallied in Milan on Sunday to demonstrate their opposition to the League party and its leader Matteo Salvini.
The rally started with the symbolic reading of first articles of the Italian constitution, stressing the importance of guaranteeing equal rights to everybody living in Italy regardless of nationality, as well as reaffirming the commitment to anti-fascist and anti-war values. The organisers said they managed to tightly pack the iconic Duomo square with 25,000 protesters, as per the activists’ original sardine school concept.
The movement have held similar demonstrations in various cities across the country, such as Rimini, Bologna, Modena, with Saturday seeing thousands more protesters gathering in Florence where Salvini and the far-right were holding a rally.
The ‘sardine’ protest was the largest in a recent spate of demonstrations that have been gathering momentum recently. Signs and banners with political slogans or support of specific political parties are not permitted at the Sardine rallies.
“We will not allow our regions to fall into the slogans of the League and the Brothers of Italy,” stated Mattia Santori, one of the Sardines movement’s organisers, to a large crowd.
The organisers are hoping a million demonstrators will attend their Rome rally after more than 12,000 showed up in Bologna last month.
Regional elections are set to take place in eight Italian regions in 2020, with Salvini and his party seeking to repeat the success they achieved in the Umbrian elections in 2019.
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