Hundreds of Italian far-right activists perform fascist salute to mark 43 years since three killed


Hundreds of Italian far-right activists perform the fascist salute at memorial to three fanatics who were gunned down in unsolved assassinations in Rome 43 years ago

  • Around 300 extremists pictured raising hands in fascist Roman salute
  • They had gathered to commemorate Franco Bigonzetti, 20, and Francesco Ciavetta, 18, Stefano Recchioni, 19, who were killed on January 7 1978
  • No one has been convicted for the attack, known as the Acca Larentia massacre 

Hundreds of Italian far-right activists have performed the fascist Roman salute at a memorial commemorate three young nationalists who were gunned down in Rome 43 years ago. 

The disturbing images show around 300 extremists raise their hands in the famous straight-arm salute as a show of respect to the men who were killed on January 7, 1978.   

The three victims murdered in the attack, known as the Acca Larentia massacre, were all members of the far-right Italian Social Movement in Rome. 

Hundreds of Italian far-right activists can be seen performing the fascist Roman salute at a memorial commemorate three young nationalists who were gunned down in Rome 43 years ago

The three victims murdered in the attack, known as the Acca Larentia massacre, were all members of the far-right Italian Social Movement in Rome

The three victims murdered in the attack, known as the Acca Larentia massacre, were all members of the far-right Italian Social Movement in Rome

Franco Bigonzetti, 20, and Francesco Ciavetta, 18, were shot and killed outside the organisation’s headquarters as they prepared to hand out leaflets. 

They were with three other far-right activists at the time of the ambush by alleged left-wing militants and sprayed with bullets. One engineer was injured in the attack but survived. 

Hours later, the third man, Stefano Recchioni, 19, was killed by a police officer after riots erupted as the news of the murders spread.  

No one has been convicted for the three murders but a belief that the crimes were committed by the left led to a rise in far-right militancy against them.      

Around 300 far-right activists yesterday gathered in front of the commemorative plaque in front of the former Italian Social movement headquarters in Acca Larentia, Roma, in an event organised by the neo-fascist movement Casapound

Around 300 far-right activists yesterday gathered in front of the commemorative plaque in front of the former Italian Social movement headquarters in Acca Larentia, Roma, in an event organised by the neo-fascist movement Casapound

They can be seen uniformly stretching out their right arms in a fascist Roman salute. The gesture closely linked with fascism and the Nazi salute

They can be seen uniformly stretching out their right arms in a fascist Roman salute. The gesture closely linked with fascism and the Nazi salute

Around 300 far-right activists yesterday gathered in front of the commemorative plaque in front of the former Italian Social movement headquarters in Acca Larentia, Roma, in an event organised by the neo-fascist movement Casapound. 

They can be seen uniformly stretching out their right arms in a fascist Roman salute. The gesture closely linked with fascism and the Nazi salute. 

Much to the frustration of locals, they were not wearing face coverings or social distancing amid rising coronavirus cases and deaths. 

A wreath is laid at the site of the killings of the three Italian Social Movement activists who were killed in 1978

A wreath is laid at the site of the killings of the three Italian Social Movement activists who were killed in 1978

Far-right activists gather to lay wreaths for the three men murdered in the attack.

Far-right activists gather to lay wreaths for the three men murdered in the attack. 

Earlier in the day, Giorgia Meloni, the leader of the far-right Italian political party Brothers of Italy, paid tribute to the victims of the massacre, reports The Rome Chronicle. 

Meloni said: ‘Forty-three years ago the massacre of Acca Larentia, a tragedy still remains without guilty convictions.     

‘It is a wound that has never healed because for Franco Bigonzetti, Francesco Ciavatta and Stefano Recchioni there was no justice. 

‘We honour the memory of these three innocent young people, victims of terrorism and political violence, and we continue to ask that full light be shed on one of the darkest pages of our national history.’         

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