Yesterday, a street in Rome had been changed from Via dell’Amba Aradam to Via George Floyd e Bilal Ben Messaud. It is said that Messaud died in Porto Empedocle on May 20 of this year while trying to reach land, fleeing forced confinement by ship.
The name of the Amba Aradam refers to the 1936 battle which was fought by fascist troops in Ethiopia under the general Pietro Badoglio. Protesters have also asked the mayor to rename an under-construction Metro stop from “Amba Aradam-Ipponio” to something else.
The street has been renamed to honor these two men in the fight against racism and police brutality.
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Main Photo by [Il Fatto Quotidiano]