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Adam Novosad
October 21, 2022, 6:00pm
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She Likes Fascist Symbols And Stands Against Abortion, LGBT And Migrants. This Is The Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni

Italy's parliamentary elections were dominated by the extreme right.

Adam Novosad
October 21, 2022, 6:00pm
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She joined the neo-fascist youth movement at the age of 15, she rejects abortions, euthanasia and openly fights against the rights of members of the LGBT community, for whom she wants to ban the adoption of children. Migration is not to her taste either, because she feels that the elites are trying to replace the original inhabitants of Europe with migrants from Africa.


This is not a description of the views of a random extremist, but of the future Prime Minister of Italy. Giorgia Meloni is Italy's first female prime minister, but critics accuse her of a dubious past and views that can be characterized as far-right or even neo-fascist.

She herself sees it differently. She strongly rejects any labels of fascism, even though she still works with fascist symbols or the phrase "God, Fatherland and Family", which was used in Italy during the rule of the fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. However, in her speech after the announcement of the election results, she chose conciliatory words. For now.


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At the age of 15, she joined the supporters of the dictator Mussolini

Italian prime minister grew up in a single-parent family. Her father Francesco left his wife and daughter to move from Italy to the Canary Islands.


Little Giorgia was only one year old when she was left alone with her mother, with whom they moved to the Roman district of Garbatella, where mostly working people from the lower social class lived, writes the Washington Post.


This background predestined her to form left-wing views - the entire Garbatella district historically inclined to left-wing politics and strongly rejected fascism. The opposite became true. Her mother Anna had right-wing views that led her to join the Youth Front movement at the age of 15, reports Politico.


The movement brought together politically engaged youth under the umbrella of the Italian Social Movement political party. It was created immediately after the Second World War in 1946, when it was founded by associates and supporters of the slain fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. The young Meloni was attracted by these national-conservative views.

In addition to school and activism, she made extra money as a nanny, waitress, and barmaid. She even worked in the popular Roman nightclub Piper Club, where she served guests from behind the bar.



From an activist to the youngest minister in Italian history

Since 1995, Giorgia Meloni has developed into a prominent member of the reformed political party National Alliance. However, the reform of this party took place in that part of the members of the original neo-fascist Italian Social Movement rejected the most radical views in order to become an acceptable alternative for the voters.

Meloni built her career in the National Alliance. Thanks to her candidacy in the parliamentary elections, she became a member of parliament in 2006, where the then prime minister Silvio Berlusconi noticed her and made her his minister of youth. She rewrote historical records because she became the youngest minister in the history of united Italy, explains Deutsche Welle.


She lasted in the ministerial chair until 2011, when Berlusconi resigned and she had to think about her political future. A year later, in December 2012, she was already smiling from the stage as the co-founder of the new right-wing party Brothers of Italy - it didn't take long for the "sister" to become the leader of the radical brothers, writes BBC.


The Brothers of Italy party slowly began to connect with the right-wing forces in the country, but they did not have enough power to win an absolute electoral victory in the 2018 elections. They received only 4.4 percent of the votes from the voters within the coalition, and thus remained as a political force behind the parties of Silvio Berlusconi and Matteo Salvini. However, this status quo has changed.


In the party logo, the tricolor in memory of the dictator Mussolini


The Brothers of Italy cannot shake off the label of an extreme right-wing and neo-fascist party. Even if the politicians of the movement try to convince the public that they do not look up to the ideology of Benito Mussolini, according to experts, the symbol of the burning tricolor in the party's logo says it all. The tricolor symbolizes the flames on the grave of the Italian dictator.

"Giorgia Meloni does not want to remove this symbol because it is an identity she cannot escape from. It's her youth," explains political science professor Gianluca Passarelli from Rome's Sapienza University for the BBC.


"Her party is not fascist. Fascism means getting into power and destroying the system. She won't do it and she couldn't do it. But in her party, the wings are connected to the neo-fascist movement. She always kind of played both sides," states the professor.

According to Meloni, the Brothers of Italy are trying to create a "confederated Europe of nations" instead of a federalized and deeply integrated Europe. The leader of the party profiles herself as a supporter of the NATO military alliance, but she is critical and skeptical of the European Union.

Before the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, she supported Russia, but after the invasion she outwardly changed her opinion and, according to her own words, supports Kyiv, writes The Guardian.



They will steal our national identity, they want to make us just numbers


"Why is family the enemy? There is a clear answer to this. Because it defines us. It defines our identity. Because everything that defines us is now an enemy for those who would prefer us to have no identity and simply be perfect slaves to consumerism," declares the Italian Prime Minister Meloni in her earlier speech.


"Therefore, they are attacking our national identity, religious identity, gender identity and family identity. I can't define myself as an Italian, a Christian, a woman, a mother, I can't. I have to be citizen X, gender X, parent 1 and parent 1. I have to be a number," says Meloni in a speech that ends with the world being manipulated like this by "financial speculators" in the markets.

Such rhetoric is not unusual for Meloni. In the past, she has been labeled by the media as a woman who fights against women's rights because she does not support abortion and insists that life begins with the conception of a child.

The future prime minister does not even support the LGBT community, because according to her, "homophobia does not exist" in Italy. According to her statements, she would prefer to change the Italian constitution so that it specifically prohibits same-sex couples from adopting children. She is also not among the supporters of homosexual relationships. She previously stated that she would "prefer not to have a gay child."


She posted a video of the rape on Twitter

Giorgia Meloni has long positioned herself as an opponent of immigration. Opponents have repeatedly criticized her for xenophobic and even racist views, Islamophobia and the promotion of nonsensical conspiracy theories.

Meloni has publicly promoted a conspiracy theory known as the Great Replacement, which is propagated by white supremacist extremists. According to this theory, the world elites are trying to replace the original population of Italy with new inhabitants from among the migrants from Africa, in order to erase the origin, culture and history of the European peoples.

She illustrated her radical position on migration in the election campaign, when in August of this year she posted on Twitter a video of a Ukrainian woman who had become a rape victim in Italy. According to her, the asylum seeker committed the violent act, she writes Sky News.


Meloni declared that this is what Italy looks like today because the previous governments welcomed migrants from African countries and the Middle East in large numbers.

After the video was published, the raped woman from the recording, who could be identified despite the censorship, spoke up and sharply criticized the politician for sharing it. Twitter immediately deleted the video. Meloni responded by saying that she, unlike other politicians, at least condemned the rape.

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