Hundreds of tricolors under the Casapound headquarters in via Napoleone III in Rome and a slogan, “Draghi vattene”, for the ‘spontaneous’ sit-in organized by the movement after the procession forewarned that it would have to start from Piazza Santa Maria Maggiore was banned by the Rome police headquarters for reasons of public order. On the building occupied by the movement there are several banners that explain the reasons for the protest. “This is why Casapound must not demonstrate: 1,384,000 new poor people, 10 thousand bankrupt businesses, + 30% cost of bread, petrol, electricity and gas, 58th place for freedom of the press”, explains Luca Marsella, spokesperson for CasaPound Italia, the first to speak even before the meeting begins. “Today we take back our freedom – says Marsella – The ban that has been imposed on us comes only from political pressure and the will of the Democratic Party, and it is unacceptable. Spurious accusations have always been made at CasaPound but we had never reached this point. A those who wave the Constitution in our face say: ‘Either you outlaw us or you allow us to demonstrate’ “. Marsella then claims Casapound’s 18 years of existence and adds: “Today we are here because, despite not having accepted the prohibition of the police headquarters, we have shown a sense of responsibility and have moved the sit in under this building that bothers most people so much”. However, he reiterates, “this was a demonstration against the government and not on the exploitation that has been made. We have 1.5 million new poor people, we have 10 thousand companies that have gone bankrupt, Italy in 58th place for freedom of the press. . There have been increases on bills, on raw materials, on petrol and on all this the Draghi government has not given any answer. It is only executor of supranational interests and certainly not of interests of the Italian people but we are the Italian people “. then, when the historical leader of the movement, Gianluca Iannone, looks out of the window of the occupied building for a mini-meeting: “I already read the newspapers of tomorrow ‘in Casapound they make speeches from the balconies’, but this is a window no? ‘”, Iannone jokes. Finally, space also for the Ukraine question. “Our position on Russia is clear: we must leave the speech of the supporters, Casapound is with the Ukrainian people, but it is not with NATO”, says Marsella.
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