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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.

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Ben­ito Mus­solini

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