« Via Rasella was a far from noble page of the resistance, those killed were a musical band of semi-retired and non-Nazi SS members , knowing full well the risk of retaliation against Roman citizens, anti-fascists and otherwise».

Thus the president of the Senate Ignazio La Russa in Terraverso, podcast of Libero, responding to the criticisms of Prime Minister Meloni about the massacre of the Fosse Ardeatine referring to generic "Italian dead" and not, instead, anti-fascists .

Words that have triggered new controversies.

On 23 March 1944, the Roman partisans engaged against the Nazi-fascists detonated an improvised explosive device in via Rasella, Rome as a column of soldiers of the Polizeiregiment passed by. The explosion, which led to the reprisal with which the Nazi-fascists carried out the massacre of the Fosse ardeatine, caused the death of thirty-three German soldiers and two Italian civilians. It was the most significant and lethal attack carried out by the partisans against the occupying German forces and the fascist supporters.

For La Russa, however, it was "a specious attack because everyone knows that the Nazis murdered prisoners, including politicians, Jews, anti-fascists and people rounded up at random, certainly not people who collaborated with them".

The harsh reply of the Anpi arrives at the "thesis" of the president of the Senate, according to which "La Russa's words are simply unworthy of the high office he holds and represent yet another, very serious tear aimed at acquitting fascism and delegitimizing the Resistence".

«The third battalion of the Polizeiregiment hit in via Rasella while parading armed to the teeth - recalls the president of Anpi Gianfranco Pagliarulo - was completing its training to then go to fight the Allies and the partisans, as actually happened. The other two battalions of the Polizeiregiment had long been engaged in Istria and Veneto against the partisans».


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