In Nice, one of the most important French cities, to which all Italian citizens are bond by a historical friendship and brotherhood, last night happened a terrible massacre, yet another result of nothing but hatred and madness. There are no words to express our dismay, indignation, and condemnation before such a barbaric action, as Pope Francis pointed out.
The CISL syndicate has expressed its heartfelt solidarity and closeness to the French community and to all the families who mourn the loss of their loved ones. We all feel involved in this tragedy. Yet, besides confirming our unanimous condemnation of yet another cowardly and barbaric attack, the international community and the united Europe must mobilize against all forms of violence and fanaticism, rejecting the wave of terror and death that spills blood in European cities and our universal values of civility and respect for the life of every person.
We need to commit more to spread the culture of peace, tolerance, and peaceful integration everywhere. We must not answer hatred with hatred or further violence. It would be wrong to raise ideological barriers or close up in nationalisms. Terrorism and fear should be fought through the unity of all democratic forces, with the cooperation between European police forces and intelligence and especially with the joint commitment of the civil society.
We need a grand alliance to resist the spread of all forms of hatred and violence, through the great values of cohesion, social justice, and work as an opportunity for inclusion and redemption, while respecting different identities. This is the cultural battle we have to do, starting with schools and workplaces, with a positive feeling of solidarity and respect for human beings. We can only win this difficult battle against this dark and sneaky enemy, which wants to sow panic and insecurity in Europe and in every other country in the world.
Annamaria Furlan – Secretary General CISL