Carlo Tresca pp 163-174 | Cite as

The Resistance Awakens

  • Nunzio Pernicone
Part of the Italian and Italian American Studies book series (IIAS)


When the newly elected Chamber of Deputies assembled for the first time on May 30, 1924, Giacomo Matteotti, the leader of the reformist Unitary Socialist Party founded in October 1922, spoke for nearly two hours, bucking a chorus of incessant howls, insults, and threats from Fascist deputies. He presented documentary evidence that the electoral victories of the Fascists had been achieved in April through violence and intimidation, and demanded the nullification of the election. Departing the chamber after his speech, Matteotti said to a colleague: “And now, get ready to deliver my funeral oration.”1


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