10 Feb. Milan to march against racism and hate crimes.
Activists have planned an anti-fascist, anti-racism and anti-violence rally and march in Milan city centre to protest recent violence against immigrants.
In particular it has been called in response to the multiple shooting in Macerata in which a former Lega candidate with fascist tendencies, shot and injured eight Africans on the city streets on 3 February. He is reported to have claimed that it was in retaliation for a crime in which a Nigerian drug dealer with expired residence permit is accused of dismembering an 18-year-old woman, who had apparently died of an overdose, and disposing of the body in two suitcases.
The racist hate shootings in Macerata have caused consternation among politicians, now in the middle of an election campaign, and there is continuing debate as to whether protest rallies of this sort, with the possibility of further violence, should be allowed to take place.
Some 14 solidarity organisations have already pledged their participation to the Milan event on the event’s Facebook page.
Meeting in Piazza Oberdan near the Indro Montanelli park at 15.30, the protesters plan to march through Milan city centre.