Three activists from the Danish branch of the Nordic Resistance Movement recently travelled to Italy to visit comrades from the fascist movement CasaPound. The trip came after a visit to Denmark by CasaPound’s activists last year.
The journey began late on Friday afternoon, when three Danish activists flew to Fiumicino, one of Rome’s two airports.
After a late arrival in southern Rome, the activists had a quick meal at one of the nearby Italian cafés before going to bed.
Saturday began early with a quick cup of coffee and a light meal before many of Rome’s attractions were visited. Naturally, the activists had also brought the Resistance Movement’s propaganda, which was put up in various places.
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Nordic Resistance Movement propaganda outside the Colosseum in Rome
Below is the Vittorio Emanuele Monument, a marvellous building on one of the central squares in Rome and a memorial to Italy’s first king Victor Emmanuel II.
The Vittorio Emanuele Monument in Rome
The monument is located on Piazza Venezia, where Mussolini held many of his speeches.
After a good 25-kilometre walk, and an exquisite Italian meal, the activists met up with some comrades from CasaPound’s southern department, Avellino, on Ponte Milvio, a bridge over the river Tiber.
The Danish activists were invited to a concert arranged by CasaPound. After a short walk to a nice green spot in the large city, they arrived at the venue, where many people were already present. The bands performed on a large stage at the end of the park. Large banners and CasaPound flags decorated the scene, and stalls sold merchandise from CasaPound’s various departments.
Thousands of attendees listened to the many bands, including Hate for Breakfast, DDT, Ultima Frontiera and ZetaZeroAlfa, among others.
Next morning the activists visited several CasaPound buildings in Rome and had a nice lunch at the fine restaurant Osteria Angelino. The restaurant was filled with happy yet tired CasaPound members from the night before and was nicely decorated with photos of bands and other nationalistic paraphernalia.
Outside the restaurant, there was a well-guarded wall adorned with stickers of various nationalistic groups.
After lunch, the Danish activists met with one of the leading members of CasaPound, Sebastien De Boeldieu, an international speaker for the organization. A cordial dialogue about the state of Italy and Europe took place over cool refreshments in the shade away from the hot midday sun.
The next stop was at the CasaPound headquarters on Via Napolione III. The HQ is a splendid five-storey building in the middle of Rome with a marble façade bearing the text ‘CASAPOUND’. It’s also a building the Italian state currently wants to take from the organization.
The building’s entrance is painted with the names of figures important to CasaPound, including Ezra Pound, an American poet from whom the movement takes its name.
Vulnerable families live on many of the floors in the building, which also houses a guard room and a large press room.
Everywhere the house is decorated with important monuments, as well as pictures of important people and events.
Lastly the activists were shown the roof of the building, where the CasaPound flag waves in the wind. It’s a red flag with a tortoise. The tortoise symbolises long life and is one of the few animals lucky enough to have its own house. In Oriental culture the tortoise carries with it the knowledge of the world, which is important for a people who want to identify with their roots. The logo also contains other symbolism, such as the octagon, representing eternity.
After the guided tour, the activists drove on towards Naples, 250 km south of Rome.
They arrived in the evening in a dark closed-off street, and as a big surprise they found themselves in possibly the reddest part of the city – a “university area”.
This part of Naples was covered in communist graffiti and people were gawking at the three Danes exiting their vehicle dressed in nationalist clothes. The hotel itself was nice, but it was easy to see which side the hotel manager was on politically.
After dinner and a glass of Italian wine on a nearby square, the three Danes headed to bed through crowds of sad and pitiful men and women hanging out in the streets. They quickly agreed this place did not warrant another visit.
Communist graffiti in Naples
On Monday it was time to leave the country and head home to Denmark, but before travelling, the activists decided to have one last taste of Italy.
They visited Pompeii, the old Roman city near Naples at the foot of Vesuvius. The volcano here erupted in 79 AD and covered the city in burning ashes, killing everything and turning all living things to stone.
The last stop on the journey was Vesuvius itself. Unfortunately there was not time to hike to the very top of the volcano, but a nice photo was taken of the Tyr rune flag with Naples in the background.