The Sardines Are Trying To Stop the Rise of the Far Right in Italy

Italians are going to the polls in seven regional elections this month. The regional elections will be a test to see if Matteo Salvini’s Far-Right League Party will take over in traditional left-leaning strongholds.

In January, before Italy was the epicenter of Europe’s COVID-19 crisis, VICE News traveled to Emilia-Romagna to meet the Sardines, a left-leaning, grassroots movement that played a role in preventing the League from winning. It meant Salvini, didn’t have the power call for early national elections like he hoped. But with Italy facing another round of regional elections in September many are asking if the Sardines will be able to stop the League again. 

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