Jewish leaders in Italy expressed outrage on Tuesday after right-wing extremists put a flag with a swastika on a coffin outside a church after a religious funeral and gave Nazi salutes in Rome, Italy.
Photos from the internet showed the coffin bearing the body of Alessia Augello, a former member of the right-wing extremist group Forza Nuova, covered by the flag.
The Jewish community in Rome could not believe that such events could still happen more than seven decades after the end of World War II and the fall of Italy’s fascist dictatorship.
“It is unacceptable that a flag with a swastika can still be shown in public in this day and age, especially in a city that saw the deportation of its Jews by the Nazis and their fascist collaborators,” the group said in a statement.
The Jewish community added on Tuesday that the funeral incident was “even more outrageous because it took place in front of a church.”
Sources said a similar incident took place outside another Rome church in March of last year.