Riots increase pressure for Italy to dissolve neo-fascist group

Demonstration of Forza Nuova members in Rome

By Angelo Amante

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s government faced increasing pressure on Monday to dissolve Forza Nuova, a neo-fascist group involved in violent protests over the weekend against a government initiative to make Covid-19’s “Green Pass” mandatory for all workers.

Since its inception in 1997, Forza Nuova has been accused several times of using violence against immigrants and the police. Alongside the CasaPound group, it is the main neo-fascist organization still active in Italy.

Twelve people, including Forza Nuova leader Roberto Fiore, were arrested and 38 police were wounded in clashes Saturday night as thousands of protesters took to the streets of Rome. A group invaded the headquarters of the CGIL labor union center.

As of October 15, workers will have to show a digital or paper “Passe Verde” certificate that proves they have received at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine, had a negative test or recently recovered from the virus.

Italy is the first country in Europe to make such a certificate mandatory to speed up vaccinations and contain coronavirus infections.

This Monday, the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) presented a motion to Parliament calling on Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s government to dissolve Forza Nuova and all neo-fascist-inspired political movements.

After meeting Draghi at the trade union headquarters, CGIL leader Maurizio Landini said the government promised to debate the dissolution of Forza Nuova in the coming days, without giving further details.

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