Controversy in Italy over a funeral with a Nazi flag

  • Far-right sympathizers dismissed Alessia Augello with a swastika and pro-Nazi slogans

  • Both the Catholic and Jewish communities have shown their rejection of an “offensive and unacceptable” incident.

  • The deceased was a member of Forza Nuova, an organization created in 1997

The Roman Catholic Church has expressed its rejection and its outrage over the use of a Nazi flag to cover the coffin of a neo-fascist activist during his funeral in a church in the Italian capital.

In a photograph published by the newspaper La Repubblica, mourners appear in front of the Santa Lucía temple, in the exclusive district of Prati, surrounding the coffin covered with a red flag adorned with a swastika and shouting pro-Nazi slogans.

It was the funeral of Alessia Augello, a member of the party far right Forza Nuova (New Force). Augello, also known as ‘Tungsy’, passed away last Friday, January 7, at the age of 44 due to a thrombosis.

Condemnation of the diocese of Rome and the Jewish community

The diocese of Rome, of which Pope Francis is bishop, confirmed that the coffin was covered with a Nazi flag, condemned the use of that “horrible symbol incompatible with Christianity. “It was an” offensive and unacceptable “incident, he said in a statement.

The parish priest of Santa Lucia, Alessandro Zenobbi, expressed his “deep sadness, disappointment and dismay over what happened and distanced himself from every word, gesture and symbol used outside the church.” This church is located just four kilometers from the Vatican.

Too the jewish community from rome expressed his outrage that such events could still occur more than seven decades after the end of World War II and the fall of Italy’s fascist dictatorship.

Forza Nuova was created in 1997

Forza Nuova is an ultra-right neo-fascist formation created in 1997, whose manifesto includes banning abortion, stopping immigration and repealing laws that punish incitement to hatred. This party is among the organizers last year of violent demonstrations in the center of Rome against the headquarters of national institutions as well as the largest union.

The Police arrested several suspects related to the party and later a motion was presented in the Italian Upper House to approve the dissolution of Forza Nuova and of all political movements of clear neo-fascist inspiration.

The Division of General Investigations and Special Operations (DIGOS), a Police Headquarters department is investigating what happened. In Italy it is a crime punishable by jail to defend fascism.

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