December 16, 2013
Franco Maccari, the Secretary General of Coisp, the Italian police officers’ union, said during an interview on Radio24 that he had pressed charges against the demonstrator who kissed an officer’s helmet. The kiss took place during a protest march against controversial plans for a new high-speed TAV train line.
He explained that if it had happened the other way round, with a police officer kissing a protestor, “World War Three would have broken out.”
At the time, Nina De Chiffre, the 20-year-old protestor from Milan, told La Stampa “I wanted to make fun of them [the police], and I would say that we were successful.”
Indeed, the photo was shared in newspapers and websites worldwide, though at first it was interpreted as a message of peace and reconciliation.
This article was posted: Monday, December 16, 2013 at 11:08 am