Police officers from Italy’s anti-terrorism unit Digos on Sunday raided a self-styled ‘fascist beach club’ near Venice following a newspaper’s exposé.
The Punta Canna beach club in Chioggia was decorated with signs and posters harking back to the period of Fascist rule, including images of dictator Benito Mussolini and memorabilia from the era, as revealed by Italian daily La Repubblica on Sunday.
One sign at the entrance to the beach read: “Anti democratic, regime-run zone. Don’t break our balls.”
“The law of justice comes from the barrel of a gun,” said another. On one white beach hut hung a sign saying “Gas chamber, do not enter”.
The beach has space for 650 guests, who were given twice-hourly broadcasts from the establishment’s manager, 64-year-old Gianni Scarpa.
Speaking through the beach’s loudspeaker system, Scarpa was recorded calling democracy “disgusting” and speaking of the need to fight “the human filth of the world, which is 50 percent and luckily is not allowed here”.
On Monday, Venice prefect Carlo Boffi signed an order stating that the club must “immediately remove all references to Fascism on signs, posters, and banners”.
Punta Canna manager Scarpa was also ordered to avoid “the further release of anti-democracy messages”, and may face charges of apology for fascism.
File photo of Chioggia, the Veneto town where the beach is located. Photo: Kassandra2/Depositphotos