Two men acquitted of 'promoting Fascism' in song
Sang 1935 marching song 'Faccetta Nera' at army gathering28 January, 17:34
Piero Puschiavo and Francesco Paravano, both from the northern Veneto region, had been indicted for singing the Fascist-era war song Faccetta Nera (Little Black Face) at a 2012 gathering of Italy's Alpini mountain army unit over a megaphone.
The court found the men sang the song in a spirit of "irreverence". Puschiavo is a prominent local member of the extreme-right Fiamma Tricolore party. Italy defines promoting Fascist ideology as "publicly exalting Fascism's members, principles, facts, methods, and/or its antidemocratic objectives". It was made a crime in 1952 in a move designed to prevent the dissolved Fascist Party from reconstituting itself.