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Italian far-right political leader declares ‘fascism is history’

Fratelli d' Italia (Brothers of Italy) party leader Giorgia Meloni speaks during a center-right opposition rally in Rome's central Piazza del Popolo, July 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)
Fratelli d' Italia (Brothers of Italy) party leader Giorgia Meloni speaks during a center-right opposition rally in Rome's central Piazza del Popolo, July 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Fascism is history, Italy’s far-right leader Giorgia Meloni declares in a video message aimed at international critics alarmed by her predicted victory in September 25 elections.

The 45-year-old, whose Brothers of Italy party is topping opinion polls, records a monologue in English, Spanish and French that rails at “the left” and defends her fight for “stability, freedom and prosperity for Italy.”

“I have been reading that the victory of Fratelli d’Italia in the September elections would mean a disaster, leading to an authoritarian turn, Italy’s departure from the euro and other nonsense of this sort. None of this is true,” she says in the video sent to international journalists.

Brothers of Italy, which Meloni founded in 2012, is a political descendant of the Italian Social Movement (MSI), formed by supporters of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini after World War II.

But she insists in her video: “The Italian right has handed fascism over to history for decades now, unambiguously condemning the suppression of democracy and the ignominious anti-Jewish laws.”

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