The law on the apology of fascism and a country tormented by its past

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In the Italian system, we had immediately thought of the constitution drawn up in the wake of the liberation war for twenty years of totalitarianism: “It is forbidden to reorganize, in any form, the dissolved fascist party,” recites the tenth and transitional disposition. Then, in succession, the Scelba Law of 1952 introduced the Fascist apology and the 1993 Mancini law punishing acts and behaviors related to Nazi-fascism and which incited racial discrimination. But, of course, it was not enough in this third millennium Italy that has not yet made peace with itself, with its past and that it too often vomits its xenophobic regurgitation towards migrants disembarking on our shores in search of hope. It is enough to think of this summer that it is ending, with the Chioggia Venetian shrine transformed into a sanctuary of fascism, the “march on Rome” paved by Forza Nuova on October 28 or the cake depicting Hitler’s face for sale in a pastry shop of Maratea.

The Chamber of Deputies approved the text of the law proposal of the Parliamentary pd Emanuele Fiano, establishing the fascist propaganda offense. The rule is made up of a single article punishing the six to two-year jail sentence “anyone who propagates the images or contents of the fascist party or the German National Socialist Party, or its ideologies, even through production, distribution, dissemination or the sale of goods depicting persons, images or symbols to which they are clearly referred, or publicly quoting the symbolism or gesture. ” In addition, the penalty increased by a third “if the fact is committed through telematic or computer tools”.
It is so introduced a new article in the Criminal Code, the 293bis.

The law has received the free Montecitorio with 261 yes, 122 no and 15 abstained: favoring majority and left parties, voted against M5S, Forza Italia, Fratelli d’Italia and Lega Nord. Should also have a green light from the Senate, the text would be a success of the democratic parliamentary Emanuele Fiano, who strongly wanted the law also seen that wears the crimes of fascism, being son of a jew and deported to Auschwitz survivor. Oppositions, on the other hand, complain about alleged unconstitutionality and demagogy of a rule that would limit the freedom of manifestation of thought. But, more likely, it is the voice of those who have no courage to say anti-fascist because they simply are not.

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