Mattia Santori had heard most Italians until a week ago never something. Now all know: The young man grew up with the dense hair is 32 years old, he lives in Bologna, has a degree in political science and works as a sports teacher. In the Frisbee throw, writes the local newspaper "Il Resto del Carlino", he is a master. Santori belong to any political party, has also never made an active policy.
But that's not all that important. Important le sardine", the" sardines, "his invention". It also speaks of the "people of the sardines", a spontaneously-born political movement. It is just a factor of national importance.
"Against the hate"
Santori occurs now on television and told him in a sleepless night the idea came to Facebook in the shortest possible time to mobilize as many people as possible for a Flashmob against Matteo Salvini, the head of the right-wing Lega. The idea went like this: As Salvini had reserved for his Campaign kick-off for the regional election in Emilia Romagna from the end of January, the land Rover arena, the basketball hall of Bologna, with around 5,600 places, at the same time should demonstrate more people to the magnificent Piazza Maggiore against Salvini. In the heart of the city, the living room of Bologna.
"One of the participants more, and that was the goal," says Santori. The Piazza should put an exclamation mark against the "Narrative" of Salvini, which is also reflected in the once red and Catholic solidarity Emilia festival. "Against the populist hatred," as he calls it.
"Sardine" Mattia Santori. Photo: PD
You've heard a lot too long Salvini in the country, on all channels, almost unchallenged. "We have complained to us constantly, but we have done nothing." Now the time had come to go on the road. Thus, the image of the place would leave a lasting impression, more impressive than the photo from the sports hall, the people on the Piazza close together, like sardines in a can just.
On the Morning after the sleepless night he met with his three best friends, same age class. You set up a profile on Facebook and called it the "6000 Sardine". Some of the Posts for encouragement, an appeal to the mob, three conditions for participation: no insults, no parties, no icons. Except for sardines, of course.
Salvini responded with irony. He'd prefer kitten, he said: "eat the sardines."
then, When Salvini appeared in the land Rover arena, where the ranks of some of the masses were full, flocked about 15000 people on the Piazza Maggiore. Some brought sardines in a box, others wore hats in the Form of sardines. A Sensation out of Nothing, without any political organization, without a program, without Talk, without a leader. And with wit. "People had the need to go on the Piazza," says Santori. Compact.
Two days later the same scene repeated itself on the Piazza Grande in Modena, more sardines were on the square as the people in the audience, Salvini's, despite the rain. Santori patented the Sardine, you never know. The movement is growing in a staggering, anywhere in the country. The next flash mobs will be held in Perugia, Genoa, Florence, Milan and Palermo, respectively, in the main squares of the cities. The "Sardine di Roma" had, after two days of 86'000 members. A date for the first meeting yet. The suitable Piazza is not yet found, it is aiming at a Million participants.
First sociological studies
Matteo Salvini responded initially with a sense of irony. "I prefer kitten the sardines: they eat when they are hungry," he wrote on Twitter. There was a photo montage with a particularly cute specimen, with a fish in the mouth. His followers, he called on to provide all Posts with cat pictures – it's a little childish. However, the political battles of Modernity are well-beaten. For Salvini, in addition to the patch of Serenity may not hide, this is "the people of the sardines" to be a real challenge. Maybe the only one. His opponents in Parliament, he drowned out easily, especially the left, standing paralyzed in front of the "shark", as Salvini is now called in the Zoological interpretation. The "sardines" are not violent, as it is the extreme Left from the Autonomous youth centers in their protests sometimes, and Salvini, delivers steep as templates for his Propaganda.
no, the "sardines" are just people. There are first sociological studies. The majority of the "sardines" are between 20 and 40 years old. More to the left, but was disappointed by the institutional Left. Rather well-formed, but not only. Not a bit political, but mainly without party book. You say you hang on to the Republican Constitution, in a solidaristic view of the world, in a fairer society. This is not a program, but not much is missing.
the comparison with The "Girotondini", the ring number of dancers at the beginning of the zero years, does not fit. The protest movement against Silvio Berlusconi, which had been of well-known Intellectuals launched the left-wing parties with dancing. The sardines appear, however, from the civil society, quite abruptly, from a sleepless night in Bologna. Will you survive to the question of the big and the small fish needs to be rethought again.
Created: 21.11.2019, 20:23 PM