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Roberto Fiore
Member of the European Parliament
for Central Italy
In office
16 May 2008 – 13 July 2009
Preceded byAlessandra Mussolini
Personal details
Born (1959-04-15) 15 April 1959 (age 62)
Rome, Italy
NationalityItalian
Political partyForza Nuova
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Children11
ProfessionPolitician

Roberto Fiore (born 15 April 1959) is an Italian politician and is the leader of the Italian party Forza Nuova. He self-identifies as a fascist.[1]

In the United Kingdom

After the police found a large quantity of explosives and weapons in a local office of the political organization Terza Posizione in the 1980s, Roberto Fiore migrated to the United Kingdom in order to avoid arrest.[2][3] The anti-fascist magazine Searchlight claimed that Fiore was working for the Secret Intelligence Service.[4] The allegation that he worked for MI6 was also made in para 2.12.11 of the Report drawn up on behalf of the European Parliament's Committee of Inquiry into Racism and Xenophobia, 1991 (The Ford Report).[5]

Political activism

Fiore is generally considered to be a neofascist leader.[6][7] In England Fiore became a close friend of Nick Griffin, sharing a flat with him. As of 2008, Fiore was running a language school called CL English Language.[8]

Fiore has since returned to Italy and is active in politics as the leader of the nationalist Forza Nuova party (a group he co-founded with Morsello), one of the constituent parts of Alternativa Sociale, allied in the House of Freedoms for the 2006 political elections in Italy. The party Forza Nuova has been defined as "nazi-fascist formation" by two verdicts of Court of Cassation.[9]

In 2008 he joined as a speaker on the identitarian Nordic Festival (Nordiska Festivalen) in Sweden where he spoke about European identity. He participated in Budapest on 23 October 2008 to the commemorations of the Hungarian Insurrection against control by the Soviet Union in 1956, at the invitation of the Hungarian far-right movement HVIM. He also took up the seat in the European Parliament vacated by Alessandra Mussolini. In 2009 he gave a speech at the British National Party's annual Red White & Blue Festival.[10]

In March 2011 he led demonstrations of Forza Nuova against the recent surge of immigrants to the island of Lampedusa, stating that: "Local people are now asking us to help secure the beaches, and if the Government continues to fail in its duty to protect the people, and also the territorial integrity of Italy and Europe, we will take up that challenge".[11]

References

  1. ^ Pallister, David (August 6, 1999). "Neo-fascist clear to resume charity role". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 August 2013. Mr Fiore told the Guardian he was "pleased the Charity Commission has found there has been nothing illegal". He said he was quite happy to be described as a fascist but he denied that Saint George promoted anti-semitic literature. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Alessandro Trocino. Fiore e il «contagio fascista»: un passato che non passa nonostante il doppio petto. Corriere della Sera, 21 marzo 2008. URL read the 11.2.2008.
  3. ^ Francesco Merlo. L'università chiuda le porte agli ultrà della destra. la Repubblica, 5 giugno 2008. url read the 4.14.2008
  4. ^ "Writer's name 'leaked' to NF". The Guardian. 1990-01-31.
  5. ^ Union, Publications Office of the European (1991-12-02). "Report drawn up on behalf of the Committee of Inquiry into Racism and Xenophobia on the findings of the Committee of Inquiry". publications.europa.eu. Retrieved 2019-06-12.
  6. ^ Tamir Bar-On (12 April 2013). Rethinking the French New Right: Alternatives to Modernity. Routledge. pp. 13–. ISBN 978-1-135-96633-1. Retrieved 26 August 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Stephen E. Atkins (2009). Holocaust Denial as an International Movement. ABC-CLIO. pp. 125–. ISBN 978-0-313-34538-8. Retrieved 26 August 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Cobain, Ian (February 29, 2008). "Language school run by Italian fascist leader". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2010-05-22. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ BERIZZI, PAOLO (January 6, 2017). "Forza Nuova, polemiche sul manifesto per il corteo in centro: "Apologia del fascismo, Sala vieti il raduno"". Rome: Repubblica. Retrieved 2017-09-12. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Italian Roberto Fiore of the 'Forza Nuova". BNP TV. August 29, 2009.
  11. ^ Matthys, Jennifer (August 29, 2009). "Italian Nationalists Stand against African Immigrant Invasion". www.bnp.org.uk.