On 21 March, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 3000 people formed a "human chain" around the Coliseum in Rome at the initiative of the Italian National Office Against Racial Discrimination.
3000 people in white shirts with colored writing saying “No to all forms of racism” joined hands to give a "hug to the Coliseum". The “human chain” organized in Rome by UNAR (National Office Against Racial Discrimination) on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination lasted several minutes and was attended by thousands of young people, students, NGOs and public representatives.
A hug to say “no” to all forms of discrimination went on stage simultaneously in 34 other Italian cities, from North to South, like Bologna, Brescia, Bari, Catania, Florence, Foggia, Lecce, Milan, Trieste, Turin, Venice, just to quote a few.
“The UNAR has done a great job, said the Italian Minister for Cooperation, Andrea Riccardi, who took the stage for a greeting to the audience – “I think that this human chain made up of many people is crucial. We must be careful not to develop the seeds of racism but also the violence of language. Because racism begins with words and then gets to the facts. And this human chain is the symbol of something good that you want to build.”
The musical theme of the event was the song “One Love” by Bob Marley, played by the “Arcobaleno Orchestra” of the junior high school Mazzini in Rome. In the Calabrian town of Rosarno, where immigrant workers riots broke out last year, a long human chain surrounded the immigrant reception center of the city.
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