(ANSA) – GENOA, 19 SEPT – On 19 September 1970 in Piazza Matteotti in Genoa Kostas Georgakis, 23, a Greek student of geology in Genoa, made the most extreme of gestures: he sprinkled himself with petrol and set himself on fire, finding his death . Today, 52 years later, Genoa remembers his sacrifice, made in protest against the regime of the colonels that then oppressed his homeland. A heartfelt and participatory ceremony was held in front of Palazzo Ducale, in front of the plaque commemorating the young man’s tragic gesture, restored for the occasion thanks to a contribution from Asef of the Municipality of Genoa which accepted the request of the Genoese provincial PNA . The mayor of Genoa Marco Bucci took part in the event who underlined how Georgakis’ sacrifice must be remembered in its essence, “Without judging – he said – the act of suicide he committed. Many of us can reject the idea, but the message of freedom he wanted to give must remain “. During the event, Nicolas Dessypris, friend of Georgakis, Igor Magni, general secretary of CGIL Genova, Massimo Bisca President of Anpi Genova, Maurizio Barabino, sole director of Asef, moderated the event Loris Viari vice president of Anpi Genova and the journalist Marcello Zinola (HANDLE).
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