(ANSA) – MILAN, 18 OCT – An iron statue dedicated to the African anti-colonial revolutionary president of Burkina Faso, Thomas Sankara, was installed today in the Montanelli Gardens in Milan by exponents of the antagonist area including the Cantiere Social Center and the Committee not to forget Abba. The work – it was explained by the creators – was sculpted by Mor Talla Seck, Senegalese of the Black Diaspora Art. A plaque shows a quote from Sankara himself: “We must decolonize our mentality and achieve happiness”. The installation took place as part of the call to the arts ‘Decolonize the city’ and follows the decoration ‘Black lives matter’ painted in the basketball court of the Sempione park, the renaming of Corso Colombo in ‘Corso Resistenza Indigena’. “Sankara – it was said – is a symbol that speaks of the reality of European colonial and neocolonial exploitation in Africa, but also of the resistance and liberation of Burkina Faso and the continent. This statue is an act of sharing knowledge, a way to to affirm that there is no single memory, one history and one truth “. The choice of the place was made in controversy with the positions of the journalist Indro Montanelli.
Immediate protest by the Lombard councilor for Security and Immigration Riccardo De Corato who had already stigmatized the initiative yesterday: “The anti-globalists acted undisturbed, with their faces hidden by their balaclavas, and even broadcast live coverage of what they were doing. With the arrogance of those who are sure that no one would have challenged them and that the police would not have intervened to stop this illegal act carried out in a public place. Unfortunately, my appeal to the top of the forces has failed order to prevent this havoc. Although it had been announced, and even in full Covid 19 emergency, the police did not intervene “. (HANDLE).