Napolitano says anti-Jewish ideological junk in Italy
'Aberrant propaganda' translates into violence, says president29 January, 12:23
He added that the authorities must keep their guard high because "in Italy aberrant propaganda in many cities translates into violent acts and subversive protests by organised groups".
He also said, however, that in Italy there was "awareness of the aberration introduced by Fascism with anti-Semitism and the shame of the 1938 racial laws".
The head of state was speaking at a ceremony at the presidential palace in Rome for Holocaust Memorial Day, which took place on Sunday. Ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi caused controversy at another Holocaust Memorial event on Sunday, when he said the anti-Jewish racial laws of 1938 were the "worse fault" of Benito Mussolini, while adding that the Fascist dictator "did well" in many other ways.