Documentary comparing Meloni to Mussolini broadcast in Italian schools

A documentary comparing Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni to Benito Mussolini has reportedly been shown in at least two Italian schools, prompting complaints from a member of Meloni’s party.

The film, a documentary titled “March on Rome” by Irish director Mark Cousins, examines the rise of fascism in Italy in the early 1920s and the propaganda used by dictator Benito Mussolini, comparing the former fascist leader to Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and her party. , the national conservative brothers in Italy (FdI).

“I believe her when she says I’m not a fascist, but this is very close to fascism and very close to white replacement theory, all that,” Cousins ​​said last year.

This week, FdI MP Chiara La Porta asked Education Minister Giuseppe Valditara why the documentary was shown in at least two schools in the province of Arezzo, stating that the film showed “a clear juxtaposition and comparison with Mussolini and fascism, dangerous and inappropriate comparisons”, the newspaper Il Giornale reports.

While La Porta said everyone in Italy is free to express their thoughts, she took exception to the documentary shown in schools, saying it had no basis in reality.

“I think it is completely inappropriate and disgraceful to watch feature films that are so openly shown and poorly educational. This is why I asked Minister Valditara if he intends to take any measures to prevent this from happening again in other institutions, she said.

Luca Ciavattini, a member of Matteo Salvini’s League, gave his support to La Porta, saying: “The League has always fought against the political abuses carried out by some teachers in schools, as well as the different gender ideologies, which are increasingly instilled in the minds of young people students.”

Cousins ​​also reacted to the film being discussed in the Italian parliament writing on Twitter, “It’s not every day you wake up to hear you’ve been debated in the Italian Parliament.”

“The March to Rome is a serious work of history, designed to teach, among other things, critical thinking. Teachers know students’ needs more than politicians, he said.

The documentary is just one of many smears against Prime Minister Meloni since her party won the national election last September and she became head of government.

Establishment media across the English-speaking world compared Meloni to Mussolini, to the extent that former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, a center-left man, had to correct broadcaster CNN on the subject.

“Personally, I was against Giorgia Meloni … we are, and will be, rivals, always … At the same time, I think [Meloni] is not a danger [to] Italian democracy,” Renzi said.

“She is my rival and we will continue to fight each other, but the idea that now there is a risk of fascism in Italy is absolutely fake news … there is no danger of fascism in Italy,” he added.

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