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Mussolini painting at Italian high school sparks local ire

Restored 1937 portrait depicts dictator on white horse

12 October, 20:12
Mussolini painting at Italian high school sparks local ire (ANSA) - Ascoli Piceno, October 12 - A restored portrait of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini has sparked the ire of locals after it was returned to a high school in Italy.

The painting depicts Mussolini riding a white horse and brandishing a sword.

It was originally created for exposition at the Umberto I Technical Institute in the town of Ascvoli Piceno in central Italy after it was built in 1937.

Headmaster Arturo Verna said he sees the painting as "an allegory of Mussolini, or better still of the school system reform that the fascist movement wanted".

Local citizens have called for the portrait to be removed, calling it "unconstitutional".

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