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Mattarella, in Sant'anna di Stazzema: The european Union is fragile, but it is an antidote to the walls
The president of the Republic Sergio Mattarella arrived on Saturday morning in Sant'anna di Stazzema (Lucca) on the site of the slaughter of August 12th 1944, which he made the 560 victims among the civilian population, including the elderly, women and children. Mattarella, pha participated in the initiatives for the 50th anniversary of the conferral of the gold medal for military valour at St. Anna, and also for the 20° by the institution of the Park of Peace.

"The memory is a duty, constitutes a heritage of the community, the time may dull the pain but we can not allow that the consciences are asleep, the witness is part of our duty of solidarity," said the president of the Republic during his speech. Then he continued: "we Must be vigilant: the sweeping changes offer opportunities in every field, but are often the cause of fear, disorientation, a latch, and the germ of hate is not defeated forever, the fear of the different, and the rejection of difference, the will of overwhelm are feelings that can still take root and grow and spread".

On Europe, said: "Although imperfect, fragile, unfinished, the european Union remains the strongest antidote to the back of the walls, of the resentments of nationalists, of the fanaticism which often exhibit in their office-destructive". And again: "The perspective that has emerged from the reaction to the ferocity of the summer of '44, and from the Liberation is that of the european union, the Europe union of minorities, the home town of freedom, equality and solidarity, the engine of democracy and cooperation. Repeat it here in Sant'anna di Stazzema is not a liturgy but a statement demanding".

Mattarella is the fifth president of the Republic, who visit St. Anne after Pertini in 1982, the Republic in 1998, Ciampi in 2000, Napolitano together with the German president Gauck in 2013. Just arrived in the square of St. Anna, Mattarella has met one of the survivors, Enrico Pieri which the day of the massacre he was 10 years old, and then laid a wreath at the monument commemorating the massacre. Then visited the museum, and then went to the Factory of rights, a building dedicated to meetings and events for the dissemination of the memory of those facts.

"The heart of Tuscany beats today, Saturday, at St. Anna, due to the presence of the president of the Republic Sergio Mattarella. The tragedy of the massacre of Stazzema August 12, 1944 it is from the side the lowest point of the fall of values and respect for human life that the Tuscany lives dramatically in the retreating nazi-fascist, the other is the high point of the witness memory, which is the foundation of freedom and democracy, the cornerstones of our Constitution." With these words the president of the regional Council, Eugenio Giani, as well as a candidate for Governor of Tuscany, for the coalition of centre-left parties in the forthcoming elections, has commented on this special day.

The Head of State also intervened on the theme of anti-semitism. "Appeared, recently, in recent months, written against the jews on the walls and even on doors of homes. Crazy and fanatical assassins have struck defenceless citizens in villages and neighborhoods of our Europe. These phenomena are limited, but that can't be underestimated. Because pointing to hitting the principles, the foundations of coexistence, the same memory. The memory never belongs only to the past but it is part of our life and of the construction of the future". So in a passage of his speech the Head of State Sergio Mattarella, in Sant'anna di Stazzema to the 50/or anniversary of the conferral of the gold medal for military valor to the Municipality.

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