“Oreste Leonardi, Domenico Ricci, Giulio Rivera, Francesco Zizzi, Raffaele Iozzino. These are the names of the five agents brutally murdered by the Red Brigades on March 16, 1978 during the cowardly kidnapping of Aldo Moro, also found lifeless on May 9 of the same year. Servants of the State who gave their lives to defend our democracy, our Republic and its institutions. Thus, with a post on X (formerly Twitter), Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni recalls the kidnapping of Aldo Moro. Forty-six years ago, the honorable deputy who was one of the founders of Christian Democracy, several times Minister of the Republic and Prime Minister between the 1950s and 1970s, was kidnapped by a commando of the Red Brigades via Fani in Rome while he was in a car and under surveillance heading towards the Parliament, where the new government of Giulio Andreotti was to be presented.

“Sacrifice for democracy”

At the time, the country was divided between those who wanted to negotiate and those who were more in favor of the hard line. Among the government parties, only Bettino Craxi's PSI favored the first option. The request for release addressed by Paul VI, then pope, was also of little use. Moro's body was found in the trunk of a red Renault 4, via Caetani, on May 9, after 55 days of captivity. To Moro, to his escort “and to all the victims of this dramatic period in our history, we express our moving memories and our deep gratitude”, adds the Prime Minister. And he concludes: “We all have the task of remembering and honoring their sacrifice, so that these dark years never return.” The same thought was also reiterated by Defense Minister Guido Crosetto – with regard to “five servants of the State who sacrificed themselves to defend democracy” – and by Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi who writes about “those who, 46 ​​years ago, paid the price for the Red Brigades”. crazy plan with life.

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