CNN: Italy legalizes fascist salute as long as it doesn't threaten public order
Italy's Supreme Court has ruled that fascist salutes are legal at rallies if they do not threaten public order or are not aimed at reviving a fascist party banned in the country. Several members of Italian opposition parties and leaders of the Jewish community criticized the decision and plan to oppose it.
This was reported by CNN. The decision was made almost two weeks after a video showing more than 150 men saluting in the center of Rome in memory of the murder of two members of an extreme right-wing youth group on January 7, 1978 appeared online.
In handing down its decision, the court ordered a second appeal process for eight men convicted of saluting at a 2016 event in Milan dedicated to the 1975 murder of a man belonging to the neo-fascist CasaPound movement. Their 2016 conviction was upheld on first appeal.
"The decision of the court of cassation establishes that the Roman salute is not a crime unless there is a specific danger of reconstituting a fascist party, as provided for in Article 5 of the Scelba law, or there are specific goals of racial discrimination and violence," said Domenico Di Tullio, the lawyer of the two defendants.