Horror show in Verona

On the last weekend of March, the World Congress of Families -- the elite of religious fundamentalism -- met in Verona. The event shows the need to keep watch over LGBT and women's rights.

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Why this story matters:

To understand what is at stake, one image is enough: small rubber fetuses wrapped in plastic bags with the inscription: "Abortion stops a beating heart." The gadgets had already been distributed at similar events, and they were dusted off and distributed to the participants of the Verona Congress.

Those who can handle more stomach-turning details can scroll through the list of participants -- top-level Christian fundamentalist pundits, prominent politicians, even Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini -- and read the event's manifesto. Life begins at conception, surrogacy and abortion should be illegal, children should have a mother and father and be educated according to their biological sexual identity, and so forth.

The event also showcases the preoccupying synergy between religious fundamentalism and extreme-right -- a union that results in a concerted attack against women and LGBT+ individuals. But this did not go unnoticed; on Saturday March 30 there were over 100,000 people protesting in the streets of Verona.

Details from the story:

  • On March 29-31, the World Congress of Families (WCF) met in Verona. Anti-abortion and anti-divorce movements from all over the world were in attendance.
  • The event is organized annually in various parts of the globe by the International Organization for the Family (IOF), a U.S. Christian lobby aiming to "empower leaders in worldwide institutions to protect freedom, faith, and family as the natural and fundamental group unit of society".
  • Interior Minister Matteo Salvini also attended the Congress.
  • Many protests were held in Verona on those same days. Unrest culminated with a well-attended march organized by the feminist movement Non Una Di Meno on March 30.
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