Fascists smash union office in Rome

Submitted by AWL on 12 October, 2021 - 3:41 Author: Mohan Sen
Right-wing masses outside CGIL

Fascists stormed and wrecked the Rome headquarters of the CGIL, Italy’s biggest trade union federation, at an anti-vaccination demonstration on 9 October.

The far right mobilised protests in multiple Italian cities to oppose the introduction of a health certificate or “green pass” to enter workplaces from 15 October (any worker who fails to produce the certificate can be suspended without pay, but not sacked). There were at least ten thousand on the streets in Rome.

The attack on the CGIL building was led by activists from the neo-fascist Forza Nuova party, who used metal bars to smash their way in. The plan to attack the union was announced in a speech by Forza Nuova leader Giuliano Castellino an hour before it happened.

Forza Nuova members also invaded a hospital, injuring four health workers, and protesters tried to invade the official residence of Italy’s prime minister.

Several Forza Nuova leaders were among the small number arrested following the violence. The courts have also shut down the organisation’s website.

Thousands of trade unionists rallied outside the CGIL offices the morning after the attack. The CGIL and other union federations have a called a mass demonstration against fascism on 16 October.

Italy has recently seen brutal violence against trade union activists, particularly migrant workers (see our recent reports here and here).

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