Hundreds of far-right Italians converged on Predappio, the town in northern Italy where Benito Mussolini was born and is buried, to mark the 90th anniversary of the “march on Rome” that brought the Fascist dictator to power.
The crowds chanted “Duce, Duce” and gave the fascist salute during Sunday’s anniversary march.
Hardcore Fascists mark the anniversary each year, paying homage at Mussolini’s birthplace and at his tomb.
News reports estimated that for Sunday’s milestone anniversary, up to 1,000 Fascist diehards paraded through the streets of Predappio. Many wore the historic Fascist black shirts, fezzes and jackboots, and carried Fascist symbols, banners and insignia.
Giulio Maria Tam, an excommunicated priest who is a follower of breakaway traditionalist Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, addressed the crowd with a fiery, xenophobic speech that denounced Islam and called for divine aid in the “battle” to defend Italy from immigrants.