Rome, a city fairly expert on the protest scale, is
experiencing a tightening of the noose by right-wing mayor Gianni
Alemanno. Alemanno has cracked down on
Rome’s most famous “talking statue,” little Pasquino, who sits in an homonymous
piazza right off the larger and more famous Piazza Navona.
|in happier times|
Okay, when you get your first look at Pasquino, he might not
seem like much; he’s missing quite a bit of his body. But, remember, he dates to the 3rd century BC,and he’s battered, but still standing.
|Poor Pasquino - as last seen with a lucite stand |
(right) and only a few comments
Pasquino’s fame dates to the 16th Century, when he became the locus for comments critical of the reigning Pope. And, his body as a place to slap on one’s protests, continues to this day. Well, almost. Alemanno now is insisting that instead of putting the protests right on Pasquino, they be properly put on a side board. Where’s the fun in that? Of course, most of the posts (the last time we went by) were satirical jabs at Alemanno for this (ahem) stupid policy. It’s not as though Pasquino’s 3rd century BC body should start being protected now. The real purpose of Alemanno’s edict appears to be to clean up and stifle criticisms against the mayor himself.
|Comments in 2011 criticize the government|
DianneFor more on Pasquino, “pasquinades,” and other talking statues in Rome, see the following sites: