IL DUCE MONUMENT PUSH
ROME: Descendants of Benito Mussolini have stirred controversy in his home town, demanding his tomb be a recognised monument, and taxpayers fund its upkeep.
The crypt at the cemetery in Predappio, in the central region of Emilia-Romagna, has long drawn neofascist sympathisers, who fill the visitors book with accolades to Italy’s wartime ruler.
The crypt has opened only three days a year since 2017 after the death of a volunteer who tended it — the anniversaries of Mussolini’s birth, death and his march on Rome to take power in 1922 — and Predappio fills with stiff-armed saluting devotees.
The family, including granddaughter Alessandra Mussolini, 57, a right-wing politician, asked the mayor to give the tomb “monumental” status and pay for attendants so it can open daily.