This time it is a June 2 very different from the usual, because it is dominated by the many bereavements and sufferings caused by the coronavirus. “A global nightmare”, defines it Sergio Mattarella, which we must overcome with “the will for a new beginning”. And the restart, civil and economic, must take place by seeing us all together, as we managed to do with the birth of the Republic in 1946. This “overcoming the divisions that had torn the country apart”, and “converging in the sharing of values and principles on which we founded our democracy ». As then we must find ourselves “tied together by a common destiny” in that “moral unity that was the real cement that kept us together”.
It is projected on a future still full of unknowns, but anchored in the spirit of the “birthday of the Republic”, the speech that the head of state addresses to the Italians for 2 June. A message (the sixth since the health emergency exploded) that speaks in solitude from the Quirinale gardens, with theI invite you to reflect on “what the Republic is and what it wants to be today”. We should consider it one day, June 2, 2020, which “challenges all those who have an institutional responsibility – starting with me, of course – about the duty to live up to that pain, that hope, that need for trust” that we are experiencing. And, to explain himself and go beyond the controversies that drive us, he adds: «It is not a matter of imagining to suspend or cancel the normal political dialectic. Democracy lives and feeds on confrontation between different positions ».
But, adds the president, “there is something that comes before politics and marks its limit. Something that is not available to any majority and to any opposition: moral unity, sharing a single destiny, feeling responsible for each other. One generation with the other. One territory with the other. A social environment with the other. All part of the same story. Of the same people ». Here is the political point of his reasoning, which falls in a phase of continuous clashes and polemical relaunches, such as the counter-demonstration convened for today in Rome. Mattarella says, almost in the tones of an ultimatum: «We are all called to a common commitment against a very serious danger that has invested our Italy in terms of health, economic and social … The suffering caused by illness must not be brandished against each other».
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