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The Northern League No Vax against Liliana Segre on Facebook: “She was missing … 75190”. Then an apology

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MILAN. Reading the status on Facebook is hardly believed: «She was missing … 75190», writes Fabio Meroni, leader of the Lega in Lissone, municipality of Brianza. The “she” to which Meroni, former provincial councilor and former deputy, refers is the senator for life Liliana Segre, who wore that infamous number tattooed on her arm all her life: it is the number they gave her in Auschwitz when, as a Jew, she was deported to the concentration camp at the age of 14, together with her family, starting from Binario 21 of the Milan Central Station. The secretary of the Lombard League Fabrizio Cecchetti explains that “he will ask for measures” even if “obviously everyone can freely express his thoughts and his own political criticisms, towards anyone and on any subject”. However, Cecchetti clarifies, “the way in which the councilor Fabio Meroni addressed the senator Liliana Segre is unacceptable and does not represent anyone’s thoughts”.

Meroni’s post, which was followed by comments of profound indignation and disgust, provoked the reaction of the Pd group of Lissone and the civic lists of the center-left, who said they were “horrified” and asked for his apologies. “The vulgar considerations of those who like councilor Fabio Meroni equate vaccinations with Nazi-fascism – they wrote – offend all people with historical awareness and a sense of humanity”. Hence the request for “public apologies as the only way to present oneself with a residual dignity in front of the City Council and citizenship”. Even the mayor of Lissone, Concetta Monguzzi, of a civic list related to the Democratic Party, is indignant and evaluates the possibility of asking for Meroni’s resignation: “Calling a person with a number, tattooing this number on a body, has the goal to cancel his identity, to cancel the person, the history, the intelligence and take away from him a future. It is not just any number. It is that of a deported woman, victim of the greatest world tragedy, now a senator of the Republic ». For the mayor, «calling up this number means trying to cancel the sen again. Segre, a witness to history, a living symbol of wickedness. The story should not be exploited and the situation of Aushwitz cannot possibly be equated with the vaccine. The Italian institutions are anti-fascist, those who are not cannot stay in the institutions ».

Meroni’s reply first came through Il Giorno. The Northern League, who also posts many No Vax posts on his Facebook profile, explained that “I did not like Senator Segre’s release on vaccines as the only way out of the pandemic”. And he added: «I respect your story and have never meant to offend you, but I don’t agree with what you said on this subject. He is not a doctor. There is also disagreement in the scientific world. I used that number because if I had written the senator’s name they would have banned me from Facebook, I wanted to avoid it ». In the morning, then, Meroni apologized to Segre and removed the post. And regarding his positions No Vax, he explained: «I am not vaccinated and I am swabbing to access the council and committees, but it is a question of freedom. If they put the vaccination obligation, I would give the injection as I did in the military In the morning, then, Meroni apologized to Segre and removed the post.

Reading the status on Facebook is hardly believed: «She was missing … 75190», writes Fabio Meroni, leader of the Lega in Lissone, municipality of Brianza. The “she” to which Meroni, former provincial councilor and former deputy, refers is the senator for life Liliana Segre, who wore that infamous number tattooed on her arm all her life: it is the number they gave her in Auschwitz when, as a Jew, she was deported to the concentration camp at the age of 14, together with her family, starting from Binario 21 of the Milan Central Station.

Meroni’s post, followed by comments of deep indignation and disgust, proved the reaction of the Pd group from Lissone and the civic lists of the center-left, who said they were “horrified” and asked for his apologies. “The vulgar considerations of those who like councilor Fabio Meroni equate vaccinations with Nazi-fascism – they wrote – offend all people with historical awareness and a sense of humanity”. Hence the request for “public apologies as the only way to present oneself with a residual dignity in front of the City Council and citizenship”.

Meroni’s reply comes through The day. The Northern League, who also posts many No Vax posts on his Facebook profile, explained that “I did not like Senator Segre’s release on vaccines as the only way out of the pandemic”. And he added: «I respect your story and have never meant to offend you, but I don’t agree with what you said on this subject. He is not a doctor. There is also disagreement in the scientific world. I used that number because if I had written the senator’s name they would have banned me from Facebook, I wanted to avoid it ». And regarding his positions No Vax, he explained: «I am not vaccinated and I am swabbing to access the council and committees, but it is a question of freedom. If they put the vaccination obligation, I would give the injection as I gave it to the military ».

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