(ANSA) - Turin, December 13 - A regional councilor and
former governor of Piedmont on Friday said the anti-government
Pitchfork Movement "resembles Golden Dawn," the far-right
nationalist party in Greece.
"It worries me a lot," said Mercedes Bresso, whose
northwestern region has seen some of the densest protests,
especially in Turin.
"There's a neo-Nazi thread, which is extremely chilling".
Friday marked the fifth day of protests launched by the
Pitchfork Movement, which began as a group of truckers and
farmers disgruntled by austerity-driven tax hikes and has grown
to include anti-government demonstrators of various stripes,
including the extreme right, many of whom have been charged with
looting and vandalism.
A Pitchfork spokesman seemed to confirm suspicions of a
nationalist agenda in the Movement on Friday when he said Italy
was a "slave to Jewish bankers" and said he admired right-wing
Hungarian Premier Viktor Orbàn.
A leader in the Movement, Mariano Ferro, denounced the
comments, adding the group should not stand behind "the mentally