Photograph of Italian Communists march causes a turbulent reaction on Facebook

13.11.2017.

A photograph showing a march of the Italian Communists was published on November 12 in one of the European Facebook groups, and sparked a stormy discussion in the English-speaking segment of Facebook, Rossa Primavera News Agency reports.

Since the Great October Socialist Revolution day fell on a working day, the Italian Communists held a procession in Rome dedicated to the anniversary of the revolution on Saturday, November 11. The Italian Communist Party (Partito Comunista) and the Front of the Communist Youth (Fronte della Gioventù Comunista), a youth wing of the Italian communist party,  organized the march.

One of the photographs of the march of the Italian Communists depicts a girl in a blue European Union Flag T-Shirt with sickle and hammer printed in the center.

 

 

This photograph was posted in one of the English-speaking Facebook groups, where people discuss the current situation in Europe. The group has more than 9,000 followers.

Within a few hours, the image received hundreds of likes and around one thousand of comments from Facebook users across Europe. Users’ opinions were split. Some of the users expressed their protest and the desire to ban any communist symbols, requesting to have the photograph removed. Other users explained the communist march in Italy with a lack of understanding of European values on the part of Italians. However, the majority of users who commented on this photograph have expressed their support for the girl’s position.

There is an ambiguous attitude towards the Great October Revolution in Europe. Major European mass media that shape public opinion try to present the Soviet revolution as a bloody coup and a process which led to totalitarianism. However, many people in the European Union, despite manipulation by major media, believe that the Revolution in Russia has become an important step forward in the progress of human history.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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