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Neo-Fascist Political Movement To Run Northern Italian School Council

Once known for it’s left-leaning politics, the region of Emilia Romagna has recently witnessed a high school council taken over by a far-right group. As much as ideology, the election victory is another sign that traditional politics has lost legitimacy a

San Secondo Parmese, Italy
San Secondo Parmese, Italy

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PARMA - In the traditionally left-wing northern Italian region of Emilia Romagna, the recent triumph of a neo-fascist student movement in school elections is the latest sign of radical responses to social problems and further evidence that traditional political parties are losing their grip on the democratic process.

More than 600 students at Galilei high school, in the town of San Secondo Parmense, elected members of the radical right group Blocco Studentesco (Students' Block) as their four student body representatives. The students' movement is connected with Casa Pound, a neo-fascist movement which recently became notorious when one of its sympathisers, Gianluca Casseri, shot and killed two Senegalese men in Florence.

The representatives of Students' Block reject the accusation of xenophobia and point out that their spokesperson is black. But they do add that immigration should be stopped.

"Our politics are about real problems at school, and people appreciate us for that," says Students' Block representative Riccardo Rigoni. "We'll keep organizing lectures, debates, sports activities, and entertainment to involve students and make them aware of their future," he adds.

This is the first time that a radical right-wing group has had such a clear victory in the once Communist region of Emilia Romagna.

Further south, students groups close to Casa Pound and the Students' Block have also won some recent school elections in Rome.

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End-Of-Regime Vibe? Supreme Leader Keeps Referring To Shah's Final Days

In recent weeks, Ali Khamenei, Iran's Supreme Leader, has made repeated references to the end of Iran's last regime in 1979. Is may be a sign the country is indeed approaching another kind of revolution.

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Iran's Supreme Leader al Khamenei on Jan. 9

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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has ordered his forces to clamp down with renewed vigor on the remains of the mass protests that erupted across Iran in mid-September. Initially a reaction to police brutality, these turned into the biggest anti-state protests of the Islamic Republic's 40-year history.

And they continue, in spite of thousands of arrests, more than 500 deaths on the streets and in custody, and four hangings. There was also outrage in Britain and across the world after the execution of British-Iranian Alireza Akbari, who had been sentenced to death.

All of this has angered the leader. In a speech in Tehran last week, Khamenei called the protests "treason" aimed at destroying Iran's "security, production of knowledge, economic output and tourism."

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