Italy: Thousands commemorate 40th anniversary of Bologna massacre

Thousands of people gathered in front of Bologna’s railway station on Sunday, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Bologna massacre. Rally attendees could be seen marching, as they carried flags and banners, before arriving to the station. A ceremony in remembrance of the victims took place at the station, where several members of the Association of the Victims of the Massacre were present, and a new plaque was unveiled. At one point arguments appeared to break out between far-left activists and relatives of the victims after political chanting began when the family members were trying to engage in silent remembrance. «Our memory that became a public ethic. Through it we managed to reopen the processes. Now if we keep on strong, we could find out the truth,» stated the speaker of the Victims of the Massacre Association, Miriam Ridolfi. According to reports national and local authorities attended the ceremony, including the city mayor, Vittorio Merola, the President of the Italian Senate, Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati, in addition to the Deputy Minister of Interior Vito Crimi. On August 2, 1980, members of a neo-fascist terrorist organisation detonated a bomb in the Bologna Centrale train station, killing 85 people and injuring hundreds of others. The attack was later blamed on a group called Nuclei Armati Rivoluzionari, who denied any kind of involvement in the bombing.
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