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Divisions mar Italy's national unity

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Divisions mar Italy's national unity


Italy has been celebrating 150 years of national unity.

From Milan to Turin, the country’s first capital, people have been paying tribute to the men and women who fought in the name of Italian freedom.

Silvio Berlusconi was at the forefront of ceremonies. The prime minister unveiling a recently restored statue of Anita Ribeiro, the wife of Italy’s national hero Giuseppe Garibaldi.

But on the streets, many complained that the occasion was not being widely followed: “I saw lots of buildings flying the flag but when Italy plays football it’s full of flags. Why don’t they show them now? They have to feel this event, we’re Italians after all,” said one woman.

Despite the patriotic displays, Italy’s ongoing political and social divisions, especially between north and south, may be the real reason why the party spirit is lacking.

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