citizens crowd Piazza Loggia on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the massacre. On stage the victims’ families and Maurizio Landini

citizens crowd Piazza Loggia on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the massacre. On stage the victims’ families and Maurizio Landini
citizens crowd Piazza Loggia on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the massacre. On stage the victims’ families and Maurizio Landini

Piazza Loggia, 28 May, 50 years later. At nine o’clock the procession has already begun. A long snake of people, flowers and flags runs along the square, in front of the Loggia building, reaching Largo Formentone. The first floral tributes placed at the foot of the commemorative stele come from the Federation of knowledge workers FLC of CGIL, from the provincial Acli, from the Association of workers at work with Brescia, from the Green and Left Alliance, from the Italy-Cuba Friendship Group, from the Circolo Bassa Brescia. Then come ARCI, FIAB, Emergency. And high schools, schools, associations, social cooperatives.

The words of Don Fabio Corazzina, narrator of the square this morning, welcomed the demonstrators. “Freedom, democracy, participation, the possibility of being part of a political project, of building a family: there is nothing definitive, each generation is called to confirm the values ​​laboriously achieved by the previous ones”. And the square, indeed, this morning is packed with young and old, the old partisans with banners next to the students with a writing on the back of their t-shirts: “I wasn’t there that day, but I’m here today”.

The commemoration and contributions of the victims’ families

Being witnesses despite the time, keeping the memory of the massacre alive today – and the principles that had brought those who fell to the streets – is the common thread of the stage of this fiftieth anniversary: ​​opening the commemoration is Silvia Peroni, daughter of Redento Peroni, among the 102 citizens who were injured by the bomb. She is followed by two young people aged just 18, students of the Fermi high school, one of whom – a second generation Italian – accompanies the entry into the square of the institutional delegation from Brescia, which has come to place its wreath of flowers on the stele.

Entrusted to the voice of Don Fabio, however, is the open letter to the city from Beatrice Bazoli, daughter of Giulietta Banzi, one of the victims: “Today I will make a personal and intimate speech. Starting from two words that I have not uttered for 50 years: ‘ Hi mom’. Simple and banal, they stuck in my throat until today.” Among those who were there then and are still there today, however, we can count Franco Castrezzati: in 1974 he was general secretary of the Fim Cisl of Brescia and was giving his speech from the stage on that 28 May, when, at 10.12, the neo-fascist bomb blew up. Don Fabio rereads the speech from that time into the microphone, just before leaving room for the names of the victims, and then a long silence, interrupted only by the eight tolling of the bells and a moving applause.

The speech by Maurizio Landini

The words following the moment of remembrance are entrusted to the CGIL General Secretary Maurizio Landini: “the immediate response of the city and of the workers’ movement – a civil, democratic and anti-fascist response – has reached today and this is a precious asset I want to thank all the trade union institutions and Casa della Memoria for never giving in to the misdirections to support the values ​​of democracy and truth. he said from the stage. “It happened in Brescia and affected the movement of workers, because it was here and at that moment that rights were being extended, starting from the world of work”.

Landini did not miss a link to the current events of deaths at work: “We must not remain silent about it because it was exploitation and the lack of protection of rights that brought us here. On May 1st, Mattarella reminded us that work is not a commodity” . And guaranteeing the right to work means guaranteeing the right to school, to knowledge, to healthcare. “The best way to remember those who lost their lives is to clearly say that our constitutional charter must not be changed: it must be implemented in all its parts, values ​​and principles, to unite the country and not divide it. It is no coincidence that those who made the resistance feel it was important to write in the constitution that ours is a country that repudiates war” he concluded, referring to the situation of the Palestinian people.

Shortly after the speeches, the arrival of the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella sealed the end of the commemoration in the square. But the townspeople who had come to participate in this moment remained still, quietly waiting: noses turned upwards and eyes focused on the giant screen set up to the left of the stage, to listen to the President – live from the nearby Teatro Grande – remember the massacre that it changed the city forever.

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