Giorgia Meloni, the first prime minister to participate in the solemn ceremony in Basovizza on the day of commemoration of the foibe massacres and of the Julian-Dalmatian exodus, is directly addressing the citizens who braved the freezing wind to arrive this morning on the Carso plateau north-east of Trieste. The Day of Remembrance has “swept away the conspiracy of silence which for unforgivable decades had shrouded the tragedy of the foibe and the drama of the exodus in oblivion and indifference”. Meloni is there to remember the innocent people who were murdered, but also to ask for forgiveness on behalf of the institutions of the Republic for the guilty silence that enveloped the events of the eastern border for decades.
She speaks for the first time as Prime Minister, acknowledging her past visits and her solemn commitment to ensure that the memory of what happened never fades away. The Day of Remembrance was established in 2004 and for the twentieth anniversary of the civil solemnity, various government officials arrived at the Foiba – a national monument since 1992. The ‘memory’ stops at Track 2 of Trieste Central Station with the inauguration of the Train of Remembrance: a ‘good twin’ museum train of the “train of shame”. If the first took the exiles to the various refugee camps in Italy, the one wanted by Minister Abodi will be a glue of stories and dignity.