Marcinelle, Mattarella: honoring Italians who died on the job abroad


“That tragedy cost the lives, among others, of 136 compatriots. Since 2001 the anniversary has been proclaimed ‘National Day of the Sacrifice of Italian Labor in the World'”, recalled the President

The President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, on the occasion of the 66th anniversary of the Marcinelle tragedy and the 21st National Day of the Sacrifice of Italian Labor in the World, sent the following message: “I address a moving thought to the miners who on 8 August 1956 they perished in Marcinelle. That tragedy cost the lives, among others, of 136 compatriots. Since 2001 the anniversary has been proclaimed the National Day of the Sacrifice of Italian Labor in the World so that, in memory of what happened in the Bois du Cazier, it can be honored the memory of all the Italians who fell on the job abroad “.

The president’s message

“The emigration of our compatriots and the sacrifice that this entailed – continues President Mattarella – have marked the identity of Italy and also the process of European integration itself. The painful experiences of migrant workers, matured in the decades preceding the Treaty of Maastricht, have called for the promotion of workers’ rights at the European level, contributing to the creation of a cohesive and supportive Europe, also based on a social pillar. In this spirit, I renew to the families of the victims of that tragedy and of all other episodes that sadly involved our compatriots in other contexts, the feelings of solidarity in their pain and, to all Italians who work abroad, the expressions of the national community’s gratitude “.



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