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M5S calls bomb fair ‘a great opportunity to support Made in Italy’

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Analysis. At an arms industry conference in Abu Dhabi, the Italian Defence Undersecretary praised the event and suggested holding one in Milan. So much for pacifism in the Five Stars.

written by Rachele Gonnelli

Topic Italy


March 4, 2019

The M5S members of the current “government of change” seem to have lost most of their scruples about selling bombs that are killing schoolchildren. At least that’s the impression one got from the ebullient statements by Defense Undersecretary Angelo Tofalo (M5S) at the international exhibition of weapons systems that just ended in Abu Dhabi: “a great opportunity to support Made in Italy excellence … one might consider organizing a grand defense industry fair ourselves, perhaps in Milan.” This latest turn can now find its place among the intricate patchwork of what Grillo’s followers are actually willing to support.

And it gets worse: an underhanded plan is afoot to defang the only real tool for controlling the arms trade, Law 185 of 1990, a conquest won at the time of the greatest strength of the peace movement, back when there were enormous demonstrations to stop the race to rearmament, and even nuns were chaining themselves in........

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