Pitchfork movement organising ahead of new protests
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"We are not a political party, we are an association that aims to protect citizens' rights and this is a battle that must be fought on the ground, not in Rome," said leader Lucio Chiavegato Thursday. Meanwhile divisions between moderates such as Chiavegato and right-wing elements, including members from the neo-Fascist CasaPound and Forza Nuova groups, deepened Thursday following a demonstration in Sicily called by bankrupt farmer with rightist sympathies Danilo Calvani outside regional headquarters in Palermo.
Moderate Sicilian leader Mariano Ferro described the demonstration as "ridiculous". Fear of violence and infiltration by right-wing elements has been blamed as one of the reasons for a poor showing of Pitchfork protesters at a Rome demonstration on December 18.