2 March. Public protest against discrimination.
With a video message on his Facebook page, Milan mayor Beppe Sala has invited milanesi to turn out on Saturday 2 March for a peaceful protest march against racism and every other form of discrimination.
“Come and join us,” is Sala’s invitation; “it will be a weighty political testimony with no politicians making speeches, [showing that] another way of social experience is possible.
“I want to take part,” Sala continues, “because I want to testify to my wish to oppose every kind of discrimination, be it for skin colour, race or gender, sexual orientation or even health.”
Among the organisers, the I Sentinelli di Milano community has adopted the slogan Prima le persone – a phrase echoing the call of some politicians to put Italians (or any other group) first, and thus implicitly exclude immigrants.
Over a thousand other organisations are supporting the demo, from labour unions to scouts. The goal is to overtake the 50,000 who took part in a rally for putting Italians first, held in Rome’s Piazza del Popolo last December.
The march will start at 14.00 in Corso Buenos Aires and finish in the city’s iconic Piazza del Duomo. At its head will be the Coro dei Leoni, a multiulingual children’s choir, and Allegro Moderato, a symphonic orchestra for musicians with mental disorders.