“6000 Sardine” is an apolitical movement born a few months before the renovation of the Emilia Romagna region administration (Italy) in 2019.

Historically a red region, Emilia Romagna has always ruled, with a large winning percentage, by the Italian Communist Party before and by the Democratic Party after.

In this election, Lucia Bergonzoni, far-right League Party candidate, driven by the populist wind that blows across Italy, has a big chance of victory.

For this reason, a group of University students staged a flash mob in the town of Bologna on the occasion of Matteo Salvini’s rally (head of League party) in the town’s basketball arena. The challenge of the movement was bringing at least 6000 people tight (that’s why the name “sardine”) in the main town’s square, more than the people can enter in the basketball arena.

The flash mob was a big success. At least 20 000 people animated the square. It was a big push for the left community of the region who seems to be lost in the last years.

From that moment the movement spread in all Italy with more than hundreds of other flash mobs in all regions.

Eventually, the League Pary lost that election and one of the major causes was this movement who brought the people in the squares again.


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