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Slain partisan's son 'shudders to think Fascism heir PM'

ANPI head distances self from victim's son remarks

(ANSA) - ROME, AUG 10 - The son of one of 15 WWII partisans executed in Milan on August 10 1944 said on the anniversary of the massacre Wednesday that he "shuddered to think that 100 years after the March on Rome the heirs of Fascism may take the premier's office" in the September 25 general election, which post-fascist leader Giorgia Meloni is favoured to win.
    Sergio Fogagnolo, son of Umberto who was shot by Nazis and Fascists in Piazzale Loreto 78 years ago today, did not directly name Meloni, whose Brothers of Italy (FdI) party has the neofascist tricolor flame in its logo.
    But he called Meloni's main ally, anti-migrant League leader Matteo Salvini, "a (former) interior minister with a totalitarian vocation".
    During his stint as interior minister from 2018 to 2019, Salvini outlawed NGO run migrant rescue boats from Italian waters.
    The president of Italian partisan association ANPI, Roberto Cenati, distanced himself from Fogagnolo's remarks.
    He said they had "nothing to do" with Wednesday's commemoration of the atrocity.
    Meloni has worked hard to present her party as a moderate rightwing force while not disowning its post-fascist nature.


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