“No shadows on the black feathers”

VENICE – The controversy over the Alpine troops is mounting after the Rimini meeting. While it reached altitude 11 thousand signatures in just twelve hours the online petition launched on Change.org by Micol Schiavon to “suspend all gatherings of the Alpine troops due to the harassment that occurred in the host cities”, Defense Minister Lorenzo Guerini said that “what has been reported cannot be underestimated, not there can be no tolerance ». But by some Venetian women administrators, including the regional councilor Elena Donazzan and the MEP Mara Bizzottopresent in Rimini, the warning arrives: “Let light be shed on the accusations, but if nothing comes out of what you are saying, whoever pontificates today will have to apologize tomorrow”.

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THE PETITION
In the petition on Change.org it is emphasized that for the gathering of the Alpine troops in Rimini “in the space of a few hours more than 150 complaints by women and minorities were exposed to the activists of NonUnaDiMeno, who collected disconcerting testimonies about the behavior disrespectful, sexist and violent of the Alpine troops, who have not limited themselves to verbal harassment but have even physically harassed underage girls ». The author of the petition adds: “It is not the first time that this has happened” and asks to “suspend the meetings of the Alpine troops for two years.” Next year it would be up to Udine.

PRESIDENT
“In the face of what could have happened in Rimini, but has yet to be ascertained, Ana di Udine will do everything in its power to ensure maximum safety for everyone, and especially women, at the next meeting in the Friulian capital in 2023 », said Dante Soravito de Franceschi, president of the National Alpine Association, Udine section. «First of all it is necessary to understand – he specified – if these alleged harassments were committed by Alpine troops or by infiltrated persons, and then it must be clarified how they were committed. Personally I can say that during the days of the meeting in Rimini I did not observe anything of the kind ». Dante Soravito de Franceschi expressed his disappointment at “the clamor with which the press has emphasized this story to be ascertained, perhaps to discredit the Alpine troops”.

THE REACTIONS
No tolerance, said Defense Minister Lorenzo Guerini: “There will be an investigation by the competent authorities, but I believe that the world of the Alpine troops must and has the antibodies to reject such behavior.” The Pd MEP Alessandra Moretti took sides with the minister: «When a woman denounces, she must be supported and listened to; it is not permissible to dismiss the act as a goliardic gesture or, worse, to ridicule it ». But there are also those who take the defense of the black feathers. The regional councilor of Veneto Elena Donazzan (FdI), the MEP Mara Bizzotto (Lega), the regional councilor Silvia Rizzotto (Lega), the vice-president of the Province of Treviso Martina Bertelle, the mayors of Rossano Veneto Morena Martini and Bassano del Grappa Elena Pavan – all veterans from the Rimini meeting – signed a joint statement in which they say that “the controversies, when they seem instrumental and forced, have the sole purpose of infamous and do not serve a body that has given to Italy, in the last year alone, just under 117 million euros and 4 million hours of free work. Real volunteers, who get involved with € 5.6 million raised, because they are generous people and because people trust them! We wonder how we can cast shadows on the Alpine troops, the same ones who in the pandemic guaranteed support for the health and social system and celebrated by someone and for whom all our sincere gratitude goes “. And the president of the regional council of Veneto Roberto Ciambetti: “If there are those who have made a mistake, pay in person, but don’t make a shit out of everything”.