Oliver Meiler was born in Zurich and studied in Geneva, political science and International relations. Since 1998 he has been a correspondent, first in Italy for the Tages-Anzeiger and the Berliner Zeitung, in South-East Asia for the Süddeutsche Zeitung, and later in France, Spain and, since 2015, in Italy. He is married and has two sons.send an email
Ten kilometers lie between the Piazzale Loreto in the East of Milan and the stadium of Giuseppe Meazza in the Western part of the district of San Siro. Who's coming from Rome via the A1 motorway, such as about 4000 supporters of Lazio deeds, drove on Wednesday to the semi-final return match of the Italian Cup against AC Milan, is fast to the stadium. There is an exit. The historically hard-to-freighted Piazzale Loreto is on the way. But he was the target of fifty, sixty "Irriducibili", the extreme right-wing Ultras of Lazio name: Unyielding. They have staged at the corner of the square, on the prior 74 years, the corpses of the fascist leader Benito Mussolini and his Mistress Claretta were Petacci been on the feet suspended, an action and immediately put on the web to talk much.
You can see the Ultras as they have on the Sidewalk behind a long banner built. "Onore a Benito Mussolini" is there, honor for Benito Mussolini. The signature "IRR", which is short for Irriducibili. The head of the group, a 53-year-old Roman, whom the police could easily identify, prior to the secondment, at Attention, frozen, as that would be a military appeal, and yells: "Camerata Mussolini?" The Parade with one voice: "Presente!" Present. Then the chief: "Rest!" After that, all the routes are still the right Arm to the fascist greeting, tones, nostalgic choruses, followed by curses to the address of the opposing Fans, the "Milanisti".
It's not the first Time that the Ultras of Lazio make a Unsäglichkeit. A half years ago they made decals to print, where you saw a smiling Anne Frank in the yellow-red Jersey of the AS of Rome. In the craziness of the world the "Indomitable" was meant to be the photo montage as a mockery. We also can't forget the banner, which they had rolled out in 1998 in a Rome Derby in the Curva Nord remains, to the city rivals contacted: "Auschwitz is your homeland, the Ovens are your houses." Or the tribute to Željko Ražnatović, Serbian war criminal who was also known as "Tiger Arkan".
In this latest case, but much of it comes together in a way that the Milanese newspaper Corriere della Sera lifted the image of the Parade on your first page, big and at the very top. That has to do with the place and date of action Piazzale Loreto: on the eve of the 25. April, the national memorial and celebration for the liberation from fascism - more provocation to not go.
interior Minister Matteo Salvini passed on the message, the Ultras were to write "idiot"
The Corriere : "The provocation to insult." You adapt to the political climate in the country, to Try to make fascism respectable. "In the past, happened, hidden, today, no one is hiding." La Repubblica is commented on a similar, but Matteo Salvini, Minister of interior and Deputy Prime Minister of the country, is partly responsible for the disinhibition: "Salvini's populism of hate offers this neo-fascist groups, a stage for you, this is a particularly opportune Moment."
finally he passed on the message, the Ultras were "idiots", the state will not tolerate any violence, neither physical nor verbal. Italian media reports that a total of 29 individuals were identified. The Milan public Prosecutor's office showed seven of the Lazio Ultras, you can have up to three years in prison because of "glorification of fascism". In Italy, there are laws by which the glorification and spread of fascism, a fight. Often they are not applied. A lot goes through as Folklore. In the interpretation of Salvini's Ultras, the Monkey noises, to offend other players with black skin color, and such, the saluting Roman, just stupid boys, "ragazzacci". Or: idiots.
Lazio 1 won by the way:0 and is in the final. For the other case, the "Indomitable" bananas brought, they had been thrown on the lawn, and had a rain of bananas.