The use of fascist greeting instead of the traditional handshakes is the best way to prevent infections with the new type of coronavirus, said an Italian far-right politician, quoted by the DPA.
The suggestion made by Ignazio La Russa, former Minister of Defense and currently Vice President of the Italian Senate, was intended to be a joke. “Do not shake hands with anyone, contagion is lethal. Use the Romanian greeting, it is antiviral and antimicrobial ”, Ignazio La Russa wrote in a message on Twitter, at the end of which he added three emoji wearing sanitary masks.
Although his message was quickly deleted from Twitter, he was noticed by many users.
“My social media manager, Alfonso, wrote a sarcastic message on my account, but it is possible that the sarcasm about the new virus may seem misplaced, so I asked him to delete it,” La Russa explained.
The Five Star anti-system movement posted a screenshot of La Russa’s deleted message on social media, accompanied by the following: “One word: Shame!”.
Ignazio La Russa, 72 years old, is a member of the Brotherhood of Italy party, which originates from a neo-fascist organization – the Italian Social Movement. He was Minister of Defense from 2008 to 2011 in one of the governments led by Silvio Berlusconi.