Banner in solidarity with Kurdish guerrillas displayed during a football match in Italy

A banner reading "Biji Guerila" (Long Live the Guerrilla) was displayed during a football match of Hic Sunt Leones team in Bologna.

On Sunday 21 April at the "Mauro Pizzoli" sports centre in Bologna, some activist supporters of the local team Hic Sunt Leones displayed a banner of support and closeness to the Kurdish Guerrilla. The banner bearing the “Biji Gerila” (Long Live the Guerrilla) motto was displayed throughout the entire second half.

The day chosen by the activists was not random as the liberation of the city from Nazism is celebrated on 21 April, a day which was celebrated with great participation at the Pizzoli sports centre, from the lunch before the football match, to the cheering during the match, at the laying of the wreath at the end of the match. The sports center is in fact named after Mauro Pizzoli, nom de guerre "Pzulein", a partisan barbarously killed by the Nazis on 29 October 1944 at the age of 20. The day was also characterized by the cowardly attack of Turkish fascist forces in the Metina region with air forces and artillery.

For the occasion, the following statement was released by the activists:

"On the morning of 21 April 1945 in Bologna, the partisans of the Prima Brigata Garibaldi “Irma Bandiera” entered the barracks via Borgolocchi, discovering the horrors of Nazi torture. That day the entire city was freed from the black horror. But on 21 April, it is not just an anniversary but an important opportunity to remember the partisans of yesterday who fought courageously against the fascism of the time and the partisans of today, who fight every day and every night against the fascism of now. Our thoughts, therefore, go to our boys and girls of the time, like Mauro Pizzoli, sportsman and anti-fascist, who sacrificed their lives in the name of the freedom we enjoy, and to the Kurdish sisters and brothers who now fight in the mountains in defense of the same values. Times change but ideals don't. Just as fascism doesn't change. They wear different names and clothes but retain the same ideas of murder and destruction as always. 'Biji Gerila' is, therefore, not just a banner but a message of full sharing and absolute closeness to the Kurdish partisans. Hoping that there will be many Aprils 21st in every city and on every mountain in Kurdistan and that the Turkish fascists will have the same end as the ones present in Italy at the time."