A photo published by the daily La Repubblica shows mourners in front of the Santa Lucia Church in the upscale Prati district, surrounding the coffin covered with a red flag with a swastika on it.
The newspaper specifies that the funeral on Monday had been organized for Alessia Augello, member of Forza Nuova. This neofascist group is accused of being at the origin of violent demonstrations in the center of Rome last October, targeting public institutions and the headquarters of a trade union.
According to La Repubblica, Alessia Augello, 44, died of deep vein thrombosis. Members of Forza Nuova gave the fascist salute during his funeral, according to the same source.[display-posts orderby="rand"]
The Diocese of Rome confirmed that the coffin was covered with a Nazi flag, which it called a “horrible symbol incompatible with Christianity”, adding that some of those present shouted and made gestures in connection with “this ideology extremist ”.
The diocese condemned in a statement this incident as “offensive and unacceptable”.
The parish priest, Alessandro Zenobbi, expressed his “deep sadness, disappointment and dismay at what happened, while distancing himself from every word, gesture and symbol used outside the church. “.
Forza Nuova was established in 1997 in the tradition of violent far-right organizations active during the lead years in Italy.
Its current leader, Roberto Fiore, 62 years old and the father of 11 children, was convicted in the 1980s of a subversive crime and of founding an armed political movement of the extreme right.
According to La Repubblica, police attended the funeral and are investigating.