From the “No Garbage” party, to the “Don’t row against the tide” party, to “Dr. Cirillo’s party of existentialist impotents”, there will be something for everyone in Italy’s general election in April.
Nearly 180 symbols of political parties, movements, lists, sub-lists, sub-parties and a myriad of other groupings were presented to the Interior Ministry by Sunday’s deadline.
Amid the usual forest of symbols with shields and crosses, flags, hammers and sickles, doves, suns, trees and seas, there are some symbols that raise eyebrows more than normal.
The symbol of the “No Monnezza” list takes its name from the Neapolitan slang for “no garbage,” and is a sub list of an “animal rights” party of the southern Campania region.
The region has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately. Its governor will stand trial in May in connection with the garbage crisis around the city of Naples, where tens of thousands of tonnes of rubbish have piled up in the streets.
There is the “Holy Roman Empire” list, which describes itself as “Liberal-Catholic”. The symbol sports the picture of its founder, Mirella Cece, who started the group 21 years ago.
Meanwhile, there is a controversy about a “proud lifelong Fascist” on the list headed by the former and likely future Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi.