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Torchlight processions and the rehabilitation of dictators of the past: how Europe is getting used to fascism again

Italian neo-fascists of the public center

Italian neo-fascists of the public center “Pound’s House” marched with torches through the streets of the capital, giving a “Roman greeting” to the residents of the city they meet on the way.

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Last December, for the first time in UN history, the entire European Union, including former members of the Axis, voted against a document condemning Nazism. “In fact, you showed your true essence and the dominant views in the ruling elites,” Gennady Kuzmin, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, expressed his indignation at the time. What is going on inside these countries and do they really now sympathize with the ideas of the Third Reich? A growing body of evidence suggests that this is the case.

Italy: Mussolini’s followers march

Italian neo-fascists of the public center “Pound’s House” marched with torches through the streets of the capital, giving a “Roman greeting” to the residents of the city they meet on the way. This demonstration was also attended by several French radicals – followers of Mussolini, writes Liberation.

Hundreds of activists marched to the building of the former headquarters of the Italian Social Movement, a neo-fascist party that ceased to exist back in 1995, but later transformed into independent right-wing radical associations. Those present decided to honor the memory of like-minded people who died 45 years ago as a result of a clash with the police on Akka Larentia Street.

The demonstrators lined up in front of the entrance to the building, “decorating” it with Celtic crosses. They then chanted “I am here” (“presente” in Italian) and “for all fallen comrades” (“per tutti i camerati caduti”).

Austria: far-right lead in polls

Controversial anti-COVID restrictions, inflation and the energy crisis are increasing the number of Austrians who are dissatisfied with the policies pursued in the country. At the same time, as emphasized Financial Timesin Austria, the far-right Freedom Party is gaining momentum, which, according to polls, managed to triple its electorate in just a year and a half.

The Austrian Freedom Party was founded in 1949 by “former Nazis for former Nazis” and currently holds just under one-fifth of the seats in the country’s parliament. The party is classified as Euronationalist, one of its ideological provisions is a serious tightening of control over immigration.

A 2022 poll showed that two-thirds of Austrians are dissatisfied with their country’s political system. “Many voters are in a very, very bad mood right now,” said Markus Howe, head of political risk research at VE Insight, a consultancy. “The situation has matured to the point that the nationalists can take advantage of it.”

Spain: the cultural heritage of Franco

The deputies of the Spanish far-right party “Voice” called on the government of the country not to destroy crosses and memorial plaques from the times of Francoism. On the contrary, the parliamentarians proposed to include them in the list of cultural heritage sites.

As noted elDiario, only in Castile and León, the far-right presented a list of 160 “in need of protection” historical sites of the era of Franco’s dictatorship. Basically, we are talking about monolithic crosses, epigraphic ornaments and memorial plaques. According to Golos members, the documentary significance of these objects is much more important than their connection with the caudillos of Nationalist Spain.

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