An Italian actor was stopped by police at the Venice film festival for wearing a neck scarf associated with the anti-fascism group Anpi, raising questions in parliament over whether the far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini, had issued orders against the group.
She said she had been wearing the scarf, which features the three colours of the Italian flag, after participating in a small demonstration earlier in the day against workplace deaths with members of Anpi and other leftwing activists. The group was founded in 1945 by members of the resistance against the fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.
Piccolo put the incident down to ignorance and stupidity while police said in a statement that she was stopped where a group of demonstrators had illegally tried to pass through the barrier of law enforcement.
But with fears about fascism rising, connected to Salvinis vitriolic anti-immigration politics, parliamentarians from the opposition Democratic party asked him to clarify whether there had been an order issued against the scarf or Anpi in general.
Piccolo, who won the best actress award at Cannes in 1970, was supported on social media, with one Twitter user writing: The last time I read the constitution, it was considered a crime to be a fascist not a partisan.
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