By ARTHUR LYONS 18 October 2019
Matteo Salvini, Italy’s former interior minister and leader of the national populist League party, has announced a massive anti-government rally that
The rally will take place from 1 pm to 7 pm in Piazza di Porta San Giovanni, with as many as 40,000 to 100,000 people expected to participate, Mente Locale reports.
Although the rally is open to all, the main attendees and speakers are expected to be from Salvini’s populist League, Giorgia Meloni’s national-conservative Brothers of Italy (FdI), ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi’s center-right Forza Italia (FI).
Salvini will also use the occasion to launch a petition to demand the resignation of Mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi.
“We have opened the square to all Italians of goodwill,” Salvini declared. “Then, obviously, it’s the League that organizes it and who decides who speaks on the stage,” he added.
“This [accusation]of a Fascist rally makes everyone laugh and no one believes it anymore,” Salvini said while adding that “at least 100,000 Italians” plan attend the rally.”
Despite being ousted out of government in early September, Salvini continues to be the most popular and most trusted politician in Italy. According to a survey conducted by EMG Acqua, if Italians went to the polls today, the League would be the top party with nearly 32 percent. The same survey found trust in Salvini is at 39 percent, Il Giornale reports.
Meanwhile, support for the left-wing globalist Democratic Party and their allegedly populist coalition partner M5S is below 20 percent.
Giorgia Meloni’s national-conservative Brothers of Italy (FdI) party is now polling at 7.8 percent while the center-right Forza Italia is at 7.1 percent.
In an exclusive interview with the French weekly Le Point, Salvini flat out rejected the notion of some kind return to fascism with his planned demonstration in Rome on the 19th of this month. Many of his globalist opponents have compared the planned demonstration to Mussolini’s “March on Rome”.
“The event I’m organizing on October 19th is not a march! And besides, I don’t like sports [he smiles]. We will fill a square in Rome, San Giovanni, where the left is often found. It is also known as a concert venue,” Salvini asserted.
“Fascism, like communism, is a dead idea. These are phenomena to be studied, but neither of them will return. […] We are in 2019, fascism and communism have been dead for years,” he added.