Milan soccer fans salute Mussolini a day before Liberation Day

The World Jewish Congress condemned the event, calling it “incomprehensible.”

April 25, 2019 01:43
Milan soccer fans salute Mussolini a day before Liberation Day

Soccer Football - Serie A - AC Milan v Lazio - San Siro, Milan, Italy - April 13, 2019 General view outside the stadium before the match . (photo credit: DANIELE MASCOLO / REUTERS)


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Italian supporters of the team SS Lazio were filmed in Milan on Wednesday performing fascist salutes and hanging banners honoring fascist leader Benito Mussolini, the World Jewish Congress reported.

“It is incomprehensible that in the 21st century there are still those who seek to glorify a fascist regime," said WJC CEO Robert Singer, noting that the Italian fascists "supported the Nazis in their perpetration of the Holocaust and other crimes against humanity.”

The soccer fans glorified Italian fascism on April 24, a day before Italian Liberation Day from Nazi occupation. 

The Italian fascist regime was an ally of Nazi Germany. Italian citizens fully participated in the destruction of the Jewish community of the country after the fall of Mussolini in 1943 and the end of the Second World War. Roughly 8,000 Italian-Jews were murdered during the Holocaust.


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