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The symptom of another epidemic

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Commentary. A paradigm shift is being invoked—fortunately also at the European level—with the COVID emergency said to be a litmus test for a neoliberal model that is destroying nature and humanity.

written by Norma Rangeri

Topic European Union

October 27, 2020

The protest that erupted on Friday night in Naples was certainly not like the revolt of Masaniello, the popular protest that broke the power of the Spanish viceroy. But neither can we reduce the events that took place to a matter of urban violence, just as we cannot be dismissive due to the fact that right-wing groups, soccer ultras and Mafia gangs were stoking the fires of the protest. Because the people who went into the streets of Naples also included workers and shopkeepers affected by the crisis, people who are living every day under the dire threat of poverty.

Naples has offered a wake-up call: the violent protest might repeat itself, and even extend to other cities. Like a social epidemic.

For eight months, the country has been in great suffering. The living conditions of millions of Italians have greatly deteriorated. Hundreds of thousands of people have lost their jobs. According to Caritas, the newly poor have risen in numbers from 31 to 45 percent in 2020. And after the summer break, the pandemic virus has resumed its march with an unexpected and disquieting power. To such a degree that the Minister of Health, who was already preparing to present his book, had to take a step back and wait for better times.

No one is exempt from responsibility, no one is innocent—including the right with its slogan of........

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