Naples. Threats to columnist of “Corriere del Mezzogiorno”
A group of students broke into the office of university professor Paolo Macry. Solidarity from Order of Journalists and political world
On the morning of November 13th, the professor of the University Federico II of Naples Paolo Macry was challenged and insulted by fifteen young people in his office within the Department of Humanities in via Marina. The Order of Journalists of Campania and some politicians have expressed solidarity with the teacher.
The boys did not like the column signed by the Professor of Contemporary History on Sunday, November 9th in the Corriere del Mezzogiorno. In the article “Gliantagonisti di sinistra, ecco chi sonoinuovireazionari“ (“The antagonists of the left, that’s who the new reactionaries are”), Macry criticized the protests in Campania against the public works program in Bagnoli, Acerra and Pompeii.
The professor said he did not fear for his safety, but described the episode as “the culmination of a concerted overreaction” to his column. “Clearly the tensions that lurk beneath the ashes are strong. I am ready to discuss with everyone, but no one can deny me the freedom of speech”, he added.
THE INITIATIVE – The daily Corriere del Mezzogiorno, with the aim of “turning the controversy into a debate”, organized for Thursday, November 20 starting at 14, a forum entitled Antagonisti o reazionari? (“Antagonists or reactionaries?”) Between Prof.Macry and the students belonging to the group Laboratorio per lo scioperosociale (“Laboratory for social strike”). The meeting is led by the chief editor of the newspaper, Antonio Polito.