Italians yesterday (Tuesday) celebrated the 27th anniversary of the overthrow of fascist rule in their country.
Italians yesterday (Tuesday) celebrated the 27th anniversary of the overthrow of fascist rule in their country. In Milan, where the body of Benito Mussolini was hung upside-down after assassination in 1945, partisans who fought in World War Two marched through the streets with socialists and communists.
The rally coincided with warnings from politicians about the dangers of a neo-fascist revival in Italy -- part of the campaign for the country's general election on May 7.
SYNOPSIS: Throughout Italy on Tuesday, marches marked the overthrow of fascist rule twenty-seven years ago. This was the scene in Milan, where wartime partisans were joined by communists and socialists at an anti-fascist rally. Twenty-seven years earlier, Benito Mussolini's body was hung upside down in Milan after the Italian dictator had been assassinated.
Some of the marchers carried the names of wartime concentration camps. The anniversary was an occasion for politicians campaigning for next month's general elections, to warn against the dangers of a neo-fascist revival in Italy. The previous day, a leading neo-fascist candidate for the elections -- journalist Pino Rauti -- had been released from jail. The court decided there was insufficient evidence linking him with a 1969 bomb outrage in which sixteen people died.