The appointment of a far-right deputy to the Italian government, who was photographed with a Nazi armband in 2005, sparked controversy on Tuesday and drew condemnation from the opposition.
Galezo Bignami, elected to the Chamber in the Fratelli d’Italia list, the fascist party of Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, was appointed Ministerial Representative for Infrastructure on Monday. The 47-year-old lawyer was photographed at a party in 2005 in a black outfit and wearing an armlet with a swastika on his left hand.
their appointment is “Victims of a crime, an indecency with constitution, memory, history and the swastika”, The symbol of the Nazis reacted on Twitter to the deputy of the Democratic Party, Marco Furfaro. “Shame on you, Georgia Meloni”, He added. The person concerned condemned in a press release “totalitarian, libertarian and anti-democratic expression in any form”, Nazism is called “absolute evil”.
The picture was taken in 2005 “in a personal context” And “I apologized more than once”, he pointed out. The other appointments of deputy ministers announced on Monday have been criticized by the Left opposition. Claudio Durrigan in the Ministry of Labor proposed in 2021 to rename a park in Latina, south of Rome, after murdered anti-Mafia judges Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borcellino, to name it Arnaldo Mussolini, brother. was proposed. of the dictator The controversy had forced him to resign. “When the past does not pass. A dark shadow over the choice of representative ministers”Tuesday was the headline of the centre-left daily La Repubblica.