The government is to ask organizers of pro-Palestinian marches in Rome, Milan and other cities scheduled for Holocaust Remembrance Day on Saturday to be put off, Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi said Thursday.
He said “some demonstrations could have consequences that harm some legally sanctioned values, like the commemoration of the Shoah.
He said he was confident that public order authorities, especially in the two major cities, would be able to negotiate with organisers “so as not to deny a right, but to make the marches compatible with values.” Rome’s Jews on Wednesday called on authorities to ban the pro-Palestinian march in the Italian capital on Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27.
The president of Rome’s Jewish Community, Victor Fadlun, said the march would be a “defeat for everyone” if it went ahead.
“We don’t understand how it was possible to grant authorisation on a Day that is international, all the more so in the context of October 7, an anti-semitic massacre (by Hamas) the like of which had not been seen since the times of Nazism.
“We ask the institutions, national and local, to prevent this disgrace”.
He said the “wound” of the Shoah would be reopened by an allegedly anti-semitic event on the Day of Memory.