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World Tens of thousands anti-populist Sardines fill Roman square

21:27  14 december  2019
21:27  14 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

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ROME -- Tens of thousands of members of the Italian anti - populist Sardines movement gathered in Rome on Saturday for their first national rally as people said disillusionment with traditional politics drew them to the fast-growing new group. The movement born last month with a spontaneous rally in Bologna focuses on “inclusive” social laws and pro-migration and pro-environment measures. Its founders say they have no ambitions to become a political party but the Sardines have become a strong adversary for Matteo Salvini, the right-wing leader of the League, Italy's largest political party.

ROME (AP) — Tens of thousands of members of the Italian anti - populist Sardines movement gathered in Rome on Saturday for their first national rally as people said disillusionment with traditional “We’ve filled the piazza. Mission accomplished,” one founder, Mattia Santori, told the crowd. Protesters held sardine -shaped banners and chanted the traditional anti-fascist song “Bella Ciao.” “It’s a spontaneous demonstration that aims to change this society, with all the consequences that this brings,” said protester Daniela Mazzeo.

ROME (AP) — Tens of thousands of members of the Italian anti-populist Sardines movement gathered in Rome on Saturday for their first national rally as people said disillusionment with traditional politics drew them to the fast-growing new group.

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Supporters of the anti - populist ‘ Sardines ’ movement gathered at San Giovanni Square in Rome on Saturday. Photograph: Massimo Percossi/EPA. Grassroots protests have brought tens of thousands of people on to the streets of Rome. What happened next confounded their expectations: 15,000 people filled the Bologna square . As Salvini’s far-right electoral alliance pursued its campaign, the Sardines converged in other Emilia-Romagna cities before spreading across Italy and beyond. Hundreds of migrants also joined the Sardines on Saturday in Rome to protest against Salvini’s

Tens of thousands of peaceful protesters from Italy’s growing Sardines movement packed into Bologna’s biggest city square on Sunday in a final push to stave off Matteo Salvini’s populist rise ahead of a crucial regional vote. The region’s incumbent Democrat governor, Stefano Bonaccini, from Modena, has been lauded by unions, business leaders and cultural figures for his solid governance, but Mr Salvini’s approachable style and populist anti -migrant message routinely draws enthusiastic crowds as he appears alongside the local candidate – 43-year-old League senator Lucia Borgonzoni.

The movement born last month with a spontaneous rally in Bologna focuses on “inclusive” social laws and pro-migration and pro-environment measures. Its founders say they have no ambitions to become a political party but the Sardines have become a strong adversary for Matteo Salvini, the right-wing leader of the League, Italy's largest political party.

“We've filled the piazza. Mission accomplished,” one founder, Mattia Santori, told the crowd. Protesters held sardine-shaped banners and chanted the traditional anti-fascist song “Bella Ciao.”

“It's a spontaneous demonstration that aims to change this society, with all the consequences that this brings,” said protester Daniela Mazzeo.

Hong Kong police say they froze $9 million meant for protesters .
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