Video of a fascist salute shocks Europe – level 3

16-01-2024 07:00

In Italy, shock and outrage followed a rally in Rome where hundreds gave a banned fascist salute.

The event commemorated the 1978 killing of neo-fascist youths, known as the Acca Larentia killings. A video circulating online reveals participants making the salute, prompting criticism for the lack of police intervention. Opposition politicians demand an explanation from the government. The rally took place in front of the former headquarters of a post-war neo-fascist party. Italy’s Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni faces calls to disband neo-fascist organizations.

The video has sparked condemnation from the European Jewish Congress. Experts note the explicit inspiration from fascism in certain right-wing groups in Italy. Meloni’s government is criticized for not breaking ties with neo-fascist elements.

Difficult words: salute (gesture of respect or greeting), disband (to break up), explicit (clear).

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