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Revision as of 15:40, 28 July 2020

The statue of a famous journalist is at the center of a debate on racism in Italy. In Milan, anti-fascist activists covered the monument to Indro Montanelli in red paint. Montanelli, who died in 2001 at the age of 92, is one of Italy's most celebrated journalists. He worked for Italian daily Corriere della Sera, and founded the Il Giornale newspaper.

However, protesters are focused on a period from earlier in his career when Montanelli reported for a fascist newspaper during the dictatorship of Benito Mussolini and was then a supporter of fascism. Subsequently he withdrew his support for fascism and was arrested by the Nazis in 1944, before he managed to escape.

Montanelli had openly acknowledged that during the 1930s, while conscripted in the Italian invasion of Abyssinia, he had bought and married a 12-year-old Eritrean girl.

source: Article 'Statue of controversial Italian journalist defaced in Milan' by Alex Fraser; newseu.cgtn.com/news/2020-06-20/Statue-of-controversial-Italian-journalist-defaced-in-Milan--Rsuq3mvHxe/index.html; CGTN; 20 June 2020