Rome Dims Lights In Protest of Madman Ahmadinejad
There were no high level meetings in Rome between the Italian President Berlusconi and Ahmadinejad.
Western Leaders, including Italy, chose the “American Stance” in dealing with Mahmoud.
They did not meet with him.
It was not a pleasant trip to Rome for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Iran Press News
The Mayor of Rome Gianni Alemanno dimmed the lights on the City Hall Plaza in protest of Ahmadinejad’s visit to the city.
Totally Jewish.com reported:
Protestors waved Israeli flags, shouted Israel’s name, and handed out leaflets proclaiming in Italian “We Don’t Want You” outside the summit on Tuesday, where Ahmadinjead was attending a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation meeting.
Arriving at the meeting, Ahmadinejad wasted no time launching into yet another attack on Israel. He said: “European peoples have suffered the greatest damage from Zionists and today the costs of this false regime, be they political or economic costs, are on Europe’s shoulders.”
Nearby in Rome’s City Hall, The Union of Italian Jewish Communities, Italian politicians, equality campaigners and Iranian exiles held a “Free-Iran” sit-in and heard speeches highlighting the threat of the leader.
Italians, Jews and Iranians protested against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday. (Photo by Andrea Loquenzi Holzer at the Italian protest at the request of Iranian human rights activist Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi)
President of Rome’s Jewish community Ricardo Pacifici told the Jewish News: “It is an historical event for Roman people to start a new campaign to highlight that the nuclear activity of Iran is a danger not only for Israel but especially the people of Europe. These arms could arrive in a capital like Athens, Rome, Paris or Madrid. It’s not a fantasy but a reality. It is important that public opinion in Europe understands the need to stop Iran’s nuclear activity and ensure freedom for the Iranian people, Israeli people and especially for democracy in Europe.”
Claudia De Benedetti, spokesperson for the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, added: “He is an enemy of the State of Israel and the whole Jewish world and this is why we don’t accept any way of letting him understand he is welcome in our country. We don’t think he should be welcomed.”
Rome’s Mayor Gianni Alemanno dimmed the external lights of the City Hall plaza, designed by artist Michelangelo, for 15 minutes on Tuesday night in protest.