"Bologna does not bind", the flash mob of "sardines" peacefully fills Piazza Maggiore to say no to Salvini: "We are free"

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The "sardines" in Bologna made a bang. over 12,000 people (according to the organizers' estimates) they crowded Piazza Maggiore up to Piazza Nettuno for the flash-mob at the same time as the Salvini event. The four boys, Mattia Santori, Roberto Morotti, Giulia Trappoloni and Andrea Garreffa who, six days ago on facebook, launched the idea of ​​“first fish revolution in history", Of the flash mob‘ 6.000 sardines against Salvini ’, they only wanted to gather 6,000 people, to demonstrate to Matteo Salvini that "Bologna does not bind" and that in the streets protesting against his ideas there would have been more (peaceful) protesters than his supporters rushed to hear him at the Paladozza which contains 5,570 spectators.

Mission fully successful and at least doubled result. In the square, people of all ages, many very young, couples with children, the elderly, the disabled, foreigners. Most with home made sardines to be waved, of all the materials: paper, fabric, wire, painted on billboards and represented in every way. On the Crescentone of Piazza Maggiore they are all tightened together, just like sardines. A protest without flags even if they participated exponents of the Pd (as Andrea De Maria, Luca Rizzo Nervo and the councilor of the Municipality of Bologna, Matteo Lepore) and of brave Emilia-Romagna (as Elly Schlein), the list to the left of the Pd. But they did the miracle: the Bolognese and not only. "We are here to protest against Salvini's policies – explains Coline, a French girl who came to the streets with other foreigners -, we also know him in our country. His policies are racist, anti-European and populist. " Among the demonstrators, the secretary of the Bologna PD, Luigi Tosiani: "We had to be here – he says – at this spontaneous, peaceful and joyful demonstration. The League said that, even in Bologna, support for them is a foregone conclusion, this crowd shows that this is not the case and that the game is open". People shout: "Bologna does not bind"; "We are all anti-fascists" and sings "Bella Ciao", even the very young. "The resistance in Bologna is still alive", says Tiziana, Carla, Oriana and Morena, four indomitable ladies who explain: "Bologna is anti-fascist, we will vote Bonaccini. Here the left has always governed well. Our city has always treasured the values ​​of hospitality and solidarity. We say 'no' to racism, xenophobia and even the incompetence of the League and we are free, we do not need Salvini to free us ".

"We do not give up – says Tiziana – my father was a partisan and the Bolognese resist ”. One of the organizers takes the floor: "This is real life – he says -. It's Bologna. Democracy is under attack but Let's not pretend that something changes if we don't even raise a finger ”. "Our opponents – shouts – play dirty, have rivers of money that nobody knows where they come from and poison the democratic life of the country on social media. The appeal of us ‘poor four christs, however, he achieved results that Salvini considered impossible and all in six days. We are more than them ". The crowd applauds them and again chants the slogan "We are all anti-fascists".

"We decided to participate – explain three young friends, Dea, Valentina and Simona – when no one shows more than these times, in such a violent moment, to a non-violent initiative, to oppose Salvini's communication model. The square is still there, there is still resistance and we will protest again, even if like sardines ”. At around 9:30 pm, the protesters disperse not before meeting at the next protest.


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