Italian mayor reveals World War II rock tribute to fascist dictator Benito Mussolini and says he hopes tourism will get a boost
- Etching of & # 39; Dux & # 39; discovered on a mountainside in the village of Villa Santa Maria
- The huge tribute to Benito Mussolini was written in the cliff outside the village
- The village mayor said he hoped the revelation would attract more visitors to the area
- Local MP called to remove calving to Mussolini because & # 39; fascism is a crime & # 39;
A tribute to Italian dictator Benito Mussolini etched into a cliff has been dug up while cleaning up a mountainside – and the local mayor hopes it will bring tourists to the village.
The word & # 39; Dux & # 39 ;, which is Latin for Duce or leader and the name that the fascist ruler was lovingly given by his followers, was chiseled in a steep rock near the village of Villa Santa Maria.
The calving was made in the village of around 1,300 in the central Italian region of Abruzzo during the two decades of the fascist regime of Mussolini.
After World War II and the death of Mussolini who was shot by partisans in April 1945, the tribute was covered by overgrown trees and shrubs.
But during an offer of € 50,000 ($ 55,732) to clear routes up the mountain to attract more climbers, the huge inscription was revealed.
The word & # 39; Dux & # 39; was calved on a cliff near the village of Villa Santa Maria in central Italy. The etching was a tribute to the wartime fascist leader of the country of Benito Mussolini
Center-left politicians have demanded that the etching be erased and that it is inappropriate to celebrate Mussolini.
But Giuseppe Finamore, the mayor of the village, opposes calls to hide or remove calving.
He told me Il Centro: & # 39; We had to clean the bushes, the branches and so the writing was also cleaned. If that attracts more people to my village, I will be very happy. & # 39;
Camillo D & # 39; Alessandro, a local left MP, claimed that the remediation was an excuse for & # 39; that shameful & # 39; & # 39; dux & # 39; & # 39; to reveal that time had rightly obscured & # 39; and demanded that Interior Minister Matteo Salvini intervened.
He wrote on Facebook: & # 39; What happened at Villa Santa Maria is incredible. With the excuse to create climbing routes, the administration has revived an old script in which the fascist leader is praised.
Benito Mussolini during a parade in honor of King Victor Emmanuel III in Rome in 1935. The fascist dictator ruled Italy or two decades
& # 39; It is unacceptable. Fascism is a crime and must be treated as such. & # 39;
A similar tribute to the dictator lies just outside of Rome, where 20,000 conifers were planted in 1939 around & # 39; dux & # 39; to spell.
The capital has also clearly written the word outside the football stadium, the Stadio Olympico, which was built during the reign of Mussolini and restored for the city to organize the final of the Champions League 2009.
Italy has a law from 1952 prohibiting the worship of fascism, but it is rarely applied.
As populism grew in Italy, as did the nostalgia for & # 39; Il Duce & # 39 ;, with some calling for its tomb to be open to the public all year round.
Currently it is only accessible three times a year to march its birth, death and power takeover in 1922.
Mussolini seized power in 1922 until King Victor Emmanuel III signed a truce with the Allies. He was shot by Communist partisans in April 1945.
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