The International Business Times: reports on the rise of the "Pitchfork Movement," and surge in "Right-Wing Nationalism" as a response to the banker lead Technocratic take over of Italy's democratically elected government, only to institute harsh austerity measures and plunder the Italian people.
Italy's Jewish communities have hit back at the spokesman of the anti-austerity Pitchfork movement, who described Italy as being "enslaved by wealthy Jewish bankers".
The Pitchfork protestors' spokesman, Andrea Zunino, who made the anti-Semitic comments, represents thousands of demonstrators who took to the streets in towns and cities across Italy to voice anger at austerity measures.
Renzo Gattegna, representing the Jewish community, said the words were "delirious".
"[Those words] shamelessly recall a historical period characterised by death, violence and denial of the most elementary rights," he told daily La Repubblica.
Conspiracy theories regarding Jews and banking were popular during the rise of National Socialism and the Nazis.
Earlier, Zunino had claimed: "We want government resignation. We want sovereignty over Italy which is now the slave of bankers, like the Rothschild: it is odd that five or six among the world's richest people are Jews."
The Pitchfork movement, which started with a loose group of Sicilian farmers concerned about rising taxes and cuts to agricultural state funds, has evolved into a nationwide umbrella grouping of truckers, small businessman, the unemployed, low-paid workers, rightwing extremists and football supporters.
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