“Nessuno ha pensato al finale del Grande Dittatore di Charlie Chaplin, al suo discorso all’umanità. In fondo io volevo lanciare un messaggio di pace”. Domenica pomeriggio Giampietro Belotti è stato fermato dalla Digos, intervenuta per garantire l’ordine pubblico in piazza Sant’Anna durante il presidio delle Sentinelle in piedi.
I, dressed up as the Great Dictator, went in that square to send a message of peace.
“no-one thought of the ending of the Great dictator, of his address to humanity. I only wanted to send a message of peace. On Sunday afternoon, Giampietro Belotti was stopped by the Italian police, who were there to maintain the public order in Sant’Anna square during the rally held by the “Standing Sentinels”. He was dressed up as an “Illinois nazi”, had an armband with the symbol of the Great Dictator, with Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf in his hands. He was silently protesting against the anti-gay wedding and adoption activists. “I was there for only 15 minutes – he says – then the police showed up and Id’ed me. Some people tried to persuade them it was just a satirical protest, but they insisted I had to go with them. They wanted to preserve the public order and therefore I followed them.”
“Were you expecting that?” “No, I didn’t think I would be taken away by the police and escorted to their headquarters.
“Did the police officers recognise the cinematic references?” “Of course, we spent part of the trip to the police station discussing John Landis’ movie. They only intervened because they feared some sentinel would kick my teeth in. They decided to take me away to avoid unrest.
“What happened at the police headquarters?” “They Id’d me, took my photos and my fingerprints. They also took away my sign reading “Illinois Nazis support the Sentinels”. They say it’s a piece of evidence.
“I bet it’s one of the weirdest pieces of evidence ever collected. Are you really risking to be charged with apology of fascism?” “The judge is supposed to review my case today. It’s the only charge they can possibly press. I dearly hope he’ll laugh his arse off. There’s a 99.9% chance that’s exactly what he’s going to do. But I’m worried about that 0.1%.”
“Even though your attire wasn’t in any way linkable to Nazism” “I hoped that someone, instead of seeing a “fake Hitler”, would think of the message of the great dictator, which ends on a message of peace and universal love. Hate against other people, even when expressed by standing in a square, should stop.”
“On the internet there you’ve received a great deal of praise . The most recurring praises are “you’re a hero” and “you’re a genius”. How did you come up with this idea?” “I was always bothered by this demonstrations held by people denying other people their rights. Therefore, I decided to hold my small protest. Then, having studied at an Art high school and being a movie lover, as well as having taken part in historical re-enactments did the rest.”
“What’s your opinion on the standing sentinels?” “If we [Italy] were a normal country, we wouldn’t have to deal with these people’s delusions.”
(tradotto in due minuti, ergo, probabilmente non è the best I can do, ma se vi serve prendete pure [al max citatemi da qualche parte])
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