Terrorism, Mattarella: “No more political violence and massacres”

The President of the Republic laid a wreath in via Caetani: “Aldo Moro a man pervaded by love and respect for democracy”

The president of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, on the 45th anniversary of the killing of Aldo Moro, laid a wreath in via Caetani, in the place where the statesman’s body was found. Present were the president of the Senate, Ignazio La Russa, the vice president of the Chamber, Giorgio Mulè, the minister of the Interior, Matteo Piantedosi, the mayor of Rome, Roberto Gualtieri. At 11 at the Quirinale the celebration ceremony of the Day in memory of the Victims of Terrorism.

Aldo Moro was “a a man filled with love and respect for democracy and the stateanimated by a spirit of freedom and solidarity”, said Mattarella, on the occasion of the celebration.

“The terrorists and their accomplices – as well as the bad teachers who supported and propagated political violence – made attempts on the lives of women and men, with the declared aim of undermining the democratic order. It was – as Moro hoped – the moral reaction of the Italian people that made the difference, in the fight against terrorism and subversion, by making the Republic and its legality prevail”, affirmed the President of the Republic.

“A people – added the head of state – which, in its overwhelming majority, rejected the nefarious ambitions of those who would have liked to drag Italy out of the ranks of free and democratic nations. A people who, mindful of the disasters of war, have resolutely rejected the use of violence as a weapon for political struggle. And that has rallied around the institutions, perceived as a safeguard of freedom, rights and democracy. Struggling everywhere, in the workplace, within the company. Even taking to the streets to demonstrate their defense”.

“The State, the political and social forces, have been able to react – despite the initial bewilderment – with courage and determination to the challenge of terrorism. A war that was won – it should be stressed, here and everywhere – always fighting on the grounds of constitutional legality, without ever giving in to the sirens of those who proposed drastic solutions, like an authoritarian regime. Relying on the law and the administration of justice to protect our community. By refusing to place itself outside the democratic nature of our Republic,” Mattarella underlined.

“There has been much talk in recent decades about terrorism and terrorists. Of their life, of their accomplices, of their alleged ideologies, of the causes that have been the basis for their choice of armed struggle. Of the serious deviations made by elements of the State, and for which we still feel the pressing need to know the full truth. On these topics there are many studies, numerous publications, many television broadcasts, even of interest and value. On the other hand, less has been written and spoken about the unanimous reaction of the Italian people,” said the President of the Republic.

“Less – he recalled – than the servants of the State, who risked their lives to fight violence and subversion. Fewer than those who, in factories, universities, in the various workplaces, opposed a firm and decisive no to those who wanted to overturn the democratic rules. Even less has there been talk of the unspeakable and irrecoverable pain of families from whom armed struggle or cowardly attacks have torn a spouse, a child, a parent, a brother or a sister”.

“And yet – Mattarella underlined – it was these people, not the terrorists, who made Italian history. To write the decisive and firmest part of it. To express the authentic soul of our society and not its pathology. To constitute a collective heritage of memory and example for all generations. Even these men and women want to remember the Republic today, on this day dedicated to the victims of subversion and terrorism”.

The victims of terrorism “speak to all of us, they speak to our young people, urging them to make institutions the authentic place for political confrontation, not to let themselves be blinded by hatred or tempted by violence to impose their convictions. Hatred and violence constitute the path of authoritarian regimes. They represent the failure of humanity, a call to freedom and mutual respect. The Republic has been able to produce its antibodiesknowing full well that a climate of violent confrontation, words of hatred, the adversary transformed into an enemy to be overthrown, constitute pathological modalities of political dispute which, today as then, must be condemned and decisively rejected”, the President of the Republic articulated .

“The democracy of our Republic – reiterated the head of state – is nourished by tolerance, patience, confrontation, respect. It is a road that to some may seem long and tiring but it is the only one for progress in coexistence. The only one capable of obtaining and maintaining peace, serenity, well-being and rights for all citizens over time”.

“This is – concluded Mattarella – the teaching that comes to us from the many, too many victims of terrorism and subversion. Today we gather around their memory, moved to reiterate with determination: no more political violence, no more massacres”.

MELONS – “On 9 May 45 years ago, fifty-five days after his kidnapping and the massacre in via Fani, the Red Brigades killed Aldo Moro – writes Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni on the government website – Terrorism reached its highest point of aggression to the State, hitting the democratic institutions in the heart and writing one of the darkest pages in the history of our Republic. Moro’s barbaric assassination deeply wounded the nation and tore its social fabric apart, but the Italian people knew how to react by showing unity and cohesion. “unity and that cohesion without which the State would not have had the necessary strength to fight and defeat terrorism and subversion. Today Italy celebrates the Day of Remembrance of the victims of domestic and international terrorism and of the massacres of this origin and clings to the families and loved ones of each of them.The commitment not to forget what happened must never run out, and it is the precise duty of the Institutions to continue along the path of truth to illuminate those pages which unfortunately still remain obscure and which are waiting to be known fully”.