The image that is being portrayed is striking and the gesture it carries is notable. However, the lasting impression is found in the final message that encapsulates the significance of such a remarkable visit. It is not uncommon for a Prime Minister to visit an exhibition that is dedicated to an influential political figure of bygone days. Yet, within the confines of the former Testaccio slaughterhouse in Rome, one finds the comprehensive political, historical, and human journey of a leader who has left a profound and indelible mark.
As of today, Enrico Berlinguer continues to symbolize a concept, serving as a beacon for a reformist, open, and inclusive left. He was a leader who had the ability to fill public squares, evoke passion, and inspire a new generation to take the reins of the party. In contrast, Giorgia Meloni hails from an entirely different landscape, with her roots deeply embedded in the right wing that vehemently opposed Berlinguer’s left. However, she was seen paying her respects at the funeral of the communist leader, her head bowed in humility.
“The narrative of a political journey. Politics is the ultimate solution to problems” – these were the words penned by the Prime Minister in the visitor’s register, following a tour of the photographs, posters, publications, and multimedia recreations that showcased the life and work of Enrico Berlinguer.
During the visit, he paused momentarily in front of an old election poster that read, “Vote Communist”, in bold capital letters. This was a time when social media didn’t exist and propaganda was straightforward and unadorned. He responded with a smile and moved on, exhibiting the calm assurance of knowing that the message now belongs to a radical left that no longer has the presence of “sweet Enrico”.