Like the rest of Italy, and unlike the U.S., Rome is a poster city. There are thousands of them on building walls or in huge metal poster holders (we wonder if there's an Italian word for these frames) that line the streets, and turnover keeps them current and entertaining. Many are narrowly political--for this candidate or that--but others are broader in subject matter and appeal. A majority have right or right-center content. Here are some our favorites from 2012.
see this one on Piazza Vescovio and also the one on Zippo, who some might call a thug, but the right-wing wants to see as a political hero. Also see Paul Baxa on neofascism in the Tuscolana section of Rome.)
Italians are not alone in thinking that their economy would benefit if its citizens bought Italian products. This poster, sponsored by the right-wing group Noi Oltre, proclaims "Against the Global Crisis/Support the National Economy," and in slashing letters, "Buy Italian Products." The main figure appears to represent a worker, gesturing in a sort of "Uncle Sam Wants You" way, with an industrial facility beneath. Noi Oltre is headquartered in an upper-middle class neighborhood in Monteverde Vecchio; it has 893 Facebook "friends."
In this photo, it's hard to see what it is that the wolf is stomping on. So we've blown it up for you--below.
It's a 1-Euro coin, the symbol of the hated (by some) European Union and its financial oligarchy.
Noi Oltre is probably Rome's most active non-party postering organization. This poster attacks immigration on the grounds that it violates the occupational rights and the identity of native Italians: "Defend Your Work/Defend Your Rights/Defend Your Ground."
"Sign the Law/Stop Equitalia." That's the message of this poster by CasaPound, a right-wing group named after Ezra Pound, the American poet who lived in Italy and supported the Fascists during World War II. Equitalia, subtly presented here as a blood-sucking vampire bat in a business suit, is a decade-old public company, created to collect taxes and to help prevent tax evasion. It is sometimes referred to as the "legalized mafia" for what some have seen as draconian policies and methods: small tax debts that accrue large interest payments, mortgage foreclosures of properties only minimally in arrears, and so on. Of course, Italians sometimes are viewed as the most expert - worldwide - at tax avoidance. In 2011, the director of the Rome office was injured by a bomb sent to the Equitalia address.
|A recent protest against tax-collector Equitalia.|