Anti-racist raid in Rome, red paint on the bust of Baldissera – Chronicle


Anti-racist raid in the night in via dell’Amba Aradam in the San Giovanni area in Rome. Toponymic signs modified with sheets with the name of George Floyd on them and a banner “No station has the name of oppression” signed by Black Lives Matter. Police on the spot. During the night the bust of Antonio Baldissera, general in charge of the Italian troops in Eritrea, was also smeared with red paint.

The anti-racist raids were hit by the Let’s stay human group. “We will dismantle the symbols of colonialism in the capital”, they announce on Facebook giving “support to the protesters who have filled the squares of dozens of cities around the world since Minneapolis” and refusing “any historical contextualization”. The members of the group We remain human therefore target “the roads that recall shameful massacres carried out by Italian soldiers in Ethiopia, such as via dell’Amba Aradam” or the “monuments that instead confer eternal glory on men guilty of the worst atrocities towards mankind: Among the “illustrious” of Italian history at the Pincio we can find a bust of Antonio Baldissera, general at the head of the Italian troops in Eritrea and subsequently Governor of the Italian colony of Eritrea at the end of the nineteenth century, as if the Italian colonial past was a luster instead that a crime that must be remembered as such “. “For these reasons, today we change our name in via dell’Amba Aradam and off Amba Aradam and we name them after George Floyd and Bilal Ben Messaud, who died in Porto Empedocle on May 20, 2020 while trying to reach land, fleeing forced confinement by ship – they add in a post on Fb – We dedicate the way to these two figures to unite the struggles against racism on both sides of the Atlantic “.


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