The idea of the “sardines” is a very simple one: all together against Italian far right politician Matteo Salvini’s rhetoric of hate.
Their first demonstration was held in Bologna on 14 November and since then they have been unstoppable. From Torino to Palermo, thousands of people have joined the movement holding homemade placards and chanting Bella Ciao.
There were beautiful scenes in Rome on the 14 December when one hundred thousand people hit the streets. Anyone who showed up at the first sardines gathering in Bologna had been able to read on the Facebook invitation: “No flag, no party. Create your own sardine and participate in the first fish revolution in history”. The sardines are non-political but not apolitical. One thing is clear: they are anti-fascists and anti-racists.
What will happen next is the question mark. However, the sardines started in Emilia Romagna, where a difficult battle is being played with regional elections against the right wing Lega Nord.
From day one, the movement has clearly outlined its adversaries: racism and fascism; a positive move for the left in Italy.