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Italian Fascists Mourn Mussolini’s Son

Italy’s right wing — including black-shirted neo- fascists — turned out in Rome last weekend for the funeral of Vittorio Mussolini, the second child of Italy’s fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.

Vittorio Mussolini, who was 80, died June 12 in a Rome clinic of kidney failure.

About 60 extremists, dressed in black shirts that recalled the fascist garb of a half-century ago, gave the stiff-armed salute as Mussolini’s coffin was carried from a Rome church after the funeral service.

They waved a fascist-era flag, and a wreath bore the image of Benito Mussolini.

The service was attended by family members, including Vittorio Mussolini’s niece, Parliament member Alessandra Mussolini, as well as other right-wing politicians.

Vittorio Mussolini was a dedicated fascist, but he also had a career in the film business.

He emigrated to South America after World War II, but returned to Italy in the 1960s. He produced a documentary about his father in 1983.

Vittorio Mussolini was buried in the family tomb in Predappio, in north-central Italy.

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