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Against fascist tourism

By Roberto Jona

“Fascist delirium in Predappio”. So, correctly, the Italian daily La Stampa defined the recent actions that happened in Predappio and the city’s situation (last week hundreds congregated in Predappio, the birthplace of Mussolini, to commemorate the 99th anniversary of the March on Rome). But I would like to suggest a question and a proposal. Contrasting the rallies of the wretched comrades in pilgrimage to Mussolini’s tomb can create public order problems hard to contain.
Therefore, the area’s public order official can fairly consider minor harm to the Law to tolerate these shameful nostalgic demonstrations rather than dutifully contrast them. However, the administrative inertia toward the shops of nostalgic fascist memorabilia is not justifiable at all.
Why during the week, when “nostalgic tourism” is lower than on weekends, authorities do not intervene to seize all the nostalgic material from shops’ shelves and warehouses”? These entities operate under license (municipal, I suppose). Without it, they cannot even sell a needle! And I don’t think that this license includes (officially) fascist memorabilia sale. So, confiscations, fines, and closures for suspension (sanctions) of the sales license might make this disgusting business less profitable and, in the end, discourage it, or at least disturb it not a little. If they exhibited on shop counters drugs of any sort, authorities would intervene, and nobody would have anything to object. Why selling objects in violation of a different law (named Scelba), also a Law of the State, is tolerated?