|Posters honoring the memory of Francesco Cecchin, on via Tembien in the Trieste quarter.|
The words above, "Raido e' Militanza" (Raido is Militance), refer to the militant group
Raido, founded in 1995.
There are several places in Rome where one can feel something of the intensity of the era, and all, curiously, are sites involving killings carried out by the left. One is in the Jewish ghetto, on via Caetani, where an official plaque marks the spot where, on May 9, 1978, Moro's dead body was found in the trunk of an automobile; the former prime minister had been kidnapped and held prisoner for 55 days. Another, perhaps more evocative, is on via Acca Laurenzia, a small street in the quartiere of Tuscolano. There, on January 7, 1978, a man on a motorcycle shot and killed two members of the neofascist Fronte del Gioventu'. This site is maintained by an organization of the far right. (See Paul Baxa's guest post.)
|Mayor Gianni Alemanno (right) attends a |
ceremony at the site he created, June 2012
|A wreath decorates the sign/marker for the park. The |
marker reads: Giardino Francesco Cecchin/
Vittima della Violenza Politica (1961-1979)
Francesco Cecchin was a rather ordinary 17-year-old: not much of a student, a fan of Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath. He had found a political home with the Fronte della Gioventu', and in the days before his death he had been putting up posters for the organization. In the 1970s, postering was a competitive and territorial activity, and it brought Cecchin into conflict with the via Montebuono section of the CPI (the Communist Party).
|A closeup of one of the Cecchin posters,|
depicting his murder.
|Indepence, Unity of the People, Tradition!|
Below, a schematic fascii.
the letters "T" and "S" refer to the quarters of Trieste and Salario.
Another has Cecchin's dates of birth and death, the words "Francesco Vive!" and a Celtic cross with the letters T and S. And another reads "Lui Vive/Lui Combatte/Cecchin Presente!" (He Lives/He Fights/Cecchin Present!).
|The drawing is of Gabriele Sandri, not Cecchin|
For insight into the Anni di Piombo and how that era continues to shape the politics of today's Rome, we recommend a visit to Piazza Vescovio. It's a safe, middle-class neighborhood--with a unique history.
|"Honor to a Revolutionary"|