At a recent funeral in Rome, a coffin was draped in a Nazi flag while mourners gave Nazi salutes, sparking outrage among Italian clergy.
The funeral was reportedly for neo-Fascist Forza Nuova Party member Alessia Augello.
In a statement, the Vicariate of Rome dubbed the incident as “serious, offensive, and unacceptable.”
A Roman Jewish community organisation reportedly said that the incident was “even more outrageous because it took place in front of a church,” adding: “It is unacceptable that a flag with a swastika can still be shown in public in this day and age, especially in a city that saw the deportation of its Jews by the Nazis and their fascist collaborators.”
Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.