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Italians sing ‘Bella Ciao’ at windows to celebrate World War II liberation

/ 10:26 AM April 26, 2020

ROME — Locked down Romans sang an anti-Fascist resistance song out of windows Saturday as Italy celebrated the 75th anniversary of its liberation by Allied forces during World War II.

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The day’s big invent involved everyone joining a singalong from their windows of “Bella Ciao” — an old protest song that turned into Italy’s unofficial anti-Fascist anthem.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte often refers to the pandemic as Italy’s greatest challenge since 1945.

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Italy was liberated from Benito Mussolini’s Fascist regime by US and its European allies weeks before the Nazis’ surrender in Berlin.

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Residents with Italian flags in the Garbatella district of Rome take part on April 25, 2020 in a ‘Liberation Day’ flashmob with people singing Italian partizan song ‘Bella Ciao’ from their window or balcony, during the country’s lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP

But remnants of the old far right are still in power across parts of northern Italy that were hardest hit by the new disease.

Populist far right leader Matteo Salvini voiced his displeasure with Saturday’s singalong.

“I respect those who gave their life for our country’s freedom,” he Salvini tweeted,

“But now, instead of singing ‘Bella Ciao’, I think our priority should be to help with money for citizens who are in need.”

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