The president’s message on the anniversary of the massacre. Casellati: “Remembrance be a warning for the future”
“The united, supportive response of the people against terrorism, and against all the terrorisms that bloodied Italy after Piazza Fontana, was decisive in isolating, eradicating and thus defeating subversion. The test to which Italy was subjected it was dramatic. But democracy won, and with it the values of which the Constitution is an expression prevailed. For this too it is necessary to remember “. This was stated by the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, on the occasion ofanniversary of the Piazza Fontana massacre, which on 12 December 1969, in the center of Milan at the Banca Nazionale dell’Agricoltura, caused 17 dead and 88 wounded.
“The deadly bomb that 52 years ago was detonated in the headquarters of the National Bank of Agriculture, in Piazza Fontana in Milan – recalls the head of state – destroyed innocent lives, upset the country, started a trail of blood and terror that our community was able to stop only after years of commitment and suffering. The memory of that ferocious attack remains indelible in the history of the Republic. It was conceived and executed in order to strike the democracy born of the liberation struggle, to interrupt the process of growth in participation and rights, to turn the institutions desired by the Constitutional Charter into an authoritarian sense.. The long procedural events have left gaps and truths not fully disclosed. These are open wounds, not only for the families of the victims, but for the entire Republic. However, despite manipulations and misdirections, the subversive neo-fascist matrix clearly emerges from the investigation work and from the final sentences and the deliberate attack on the democratic life of the country “.
“All this – continues Mattarella – was soon clear to the city of Milan and to the national community. The united, supportive response of the people against terrorism, and against all the terrorisms that bloodied Italy after Piazza Fontana, was decisive in isolating, eradicating and thus defeating subversion.. The test to which Italy was subjected was dramatic. But democracy won, and with it the values of which the Constitution is an expression prevailed. Also for this reason it is necessary to remember. Democracy is a precious asset that must be continually defended and revived. And the unity that our people have been able to manifest, when the aggression concerned the fundamental rights of the person and the very bases of coexistence, constitutes a still precious heritage. Passing the baton to the younger generations means transmitting that civilization which is the result of history, culture, sacrifice and collective intelligence “, concludes Mattarella.
CASELLATI: “REMEMBER BE A WARNING FOR THE FUTURE”
“The indignation of the whole of Italy for the Piazza Fontana massacre has never died out. On December 12, 1969 there was dismay, pain, indignation. It was the beginning of a long season of blood. But 52 years later, the thought for the 17 victims and the memory of that barbaric crime must be a warning so that the subversive plots and the ensuing suffering, individual and collective, will never be repeated in the future “. This was declared by the President of the Senate, Elisabetta Casellati, on the occasion of the anniversary of the Piazza Fontana massacre.