PES condemns right-wing violence and intimidation in Italy

11/10/2021

Trade unionists and CGIL supporters gather outside the CGIL headquarters the morning after it was attacked by violent far-right extremists, Rome, Italy, 10 October. Photo: IPA/Sipa USA

Trade unionists and CGIL supporters gather outside the CGIL headquarters the morning after it was attacked by violent far-right extremists, Rome, Italy, 10 October. Photo: IPA/Sipa USA

The Party of European Socialists expresses its full solidarity with the Italian General Confederation of Labour (CGIL) after its headquarters in Rome were targeted by violent far-right extremists. European socialists and democrats will never allow intimidation of the trade union movement. Those responsible must face justice.

PES President Sergei Stanishev said:

"This was an appalling attack by people who want to return the country to its dark past.

“We stand in full solidarity with our comrades in the trade union movement. Attempts to intimidate them are completely unacceptable. The work of CGIL for a more democratic Italy and a better future for workers will continue. The workers’ movement will never give in to this right-wing violence.

“It is clear that far-right and neo-fascist groups are behind this attack on CGIL and the violence we saw elsewhere in Rome. This must not go unpunished, those responsible must face the full force of the law.”

On Saturday a far-right mob marched through the streets of Rome to protest public health measures put in place to combat the coronavirus pandemic. As well as attacking the CGIL - one of Italy's oldest and biggest trade unions – the extremist protesters also attempted to reach the office of Prime Minister Mario Draghi.