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The great-grandson of Italy's fascist dictator Benito Mussolini defended his grandfather's legacy on Wednesday, calling the era "a very complicated, complex period."
“You can’t define it in terms of right or wrong, good or bad,” Caio Mussolini, who is running for a European Parliament seat, told reporters.
Mussolini - References - Ideology - Past - Grandfather
While the younger Mussolini has avoided explicit references to fascist ideology in the past, he has repeatedly hinted he views his great grandfather, who ruled Italy from 1925 to 1945, as an inspiration. Mussolini remains popular with many Italians today who say he modernized the country before ultimately damaging his reputation with racist laws and an alliance with Adolf Hitler.
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Laws - Mistake - Shame - Mussolini - Period
Though he acknowledged the anti-Jewish laws of 1938 had been "a mistake" and "a shame," the younger Mussolini said the fascist period had left its mark on Italy in good ways too, including its infrastructure and road network. And though it's still a crime to defend fascism in Italy, he said the current ban on the fascist salute should be extended to the raised clenched fist of the communists, The Times of Israel reported.
In a recent interview with Corriere della Sera, Caio Mussolini...
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