Continue to promote a culture of peace in the area, including through the organization of inclusive initiatives to combat all social and cultural discrimination and “phobias related to peoples customs, culture, origins and languages”. This is the invitation to the municipal administration on the agenda approved at the meeting on Thursday, June 9, by Modena City Council. The proposal, put forward by the first signatory Antonio Carpentieri for the Democratic Party and also signed by Green Europe – Verdi and Modena civica, also received the vote in favor of the Left for Modena, Lega Modena, Movimento 5 stelle and Fratelli d’Italia – Popolo della familie ; opposite Modena social. Present, but not voting, the directors of Padua and Reggiani of the Democratic Party.
The document is based on Russia’s aggression, “which we condemn”, against Ukraine, after which episodes of both “russophobia” and “ukrainophobia” have been recorded: examples of discrimination against specific peoples are “unfortunately also on the agenda in Italy”. These are phenomena that must not, however, harm Modena’s multicultural and multiethnic character, “where 135 different nationalities are represented – explained Councilor Carpentieri – as the Ukrainians and Russians living together in peace and working in the territory”.
These two communities therefore contribute “to the dialogue between different cultures, which constitute a wealth for the city”, while the Municipality “promotes confrontation and integration”. With these premises, the proposal therefore proposes that the administration continue with the measures aimed at developing “coexistence and division between all the local communities present in the area”.
In the same session, another proposal on the subject was rejected, tabled in the courtroom by Beatrice De Maio for Modena Social, which focused in particular on “episodes of russophobia” following the “Russian Federation military operation in Ukraine” and called on the administration to address the beginning of the phenomenon, also by using “Russian culture as an instrument of mutual dialogue”, also with the aim of “reassuring the Russian-speaking community”. The proposal was also put to the vote in favor of the Lega Modena and Fratelli d’Italia – The People of the Family; abstained from the 5-star rate; majority groups were against.
Beatrice De Maio opened the debate to the social Modena and wanted Modena to “strongly condemn all racism against all Russian-speaking citizens”. In Italy, according to the councilor, there is in fact “an escalation of a vulgar and pervasive russophobia, even towards the art and science produced by this country. This attitude does not help to create peace”.
For the Democratic Party, Alberto Bignardi called for not generalizing “since our country has always had exchanges with Russia”, adding that it is in any case “to condemn the attitude of institutions that cancel appointments dedicated to Russian culture”. By specifying to “reject all phobias”, Federica Di Padova specified that the verdict against Russia “does not concern the art or science of the Russian people, but rather the choices of the government and those who support it, with particular reference to this war. aggression falls on millions of Ukrainians. ” Stefano Manicardi recalled that Modena “has a history of inclusion”, and it is therefore in this context that the majority proposal is placed: “The aim – he said – is to condemn any act of hatred and discrimination”.
According to Paola Aime (Green Europe – Value), the Modena Social proposal is “unbalanced because it focuses only on episodes of intolerance towards the Russian-speaking community”, without taking into account that “unfortunately there have also been aggressions against the Ukrainian people “.
Enrica Manenti (5 Star Movement) also rated the rejected agenda as “one-sided”: “Discrimination does not only concern Russian-speaking people”. The councilor hoped that “ideological attitudes do not condition a coexistence between ‘pieces’ of people in a reality like Modena, where many nationalities are represented”.
Giovanni Bertoldi (Lega Modena) said he “agreed with both proposals, it is certainly not a mistake to be Russian or Ukrainian”. Western countries have always had a dialogue with the eastern part of Europe, he added, “and I hope that the situation in these areas will be reorganized to re-establish connections that come from far away”.