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Free Sicilians (Italian: Siciliani Liberi; Sicilian: Siciliani Libbiri; SL) is a Sicilian nationalist and pro-independence political party in Sicily, Italy. The party was founded in 2016 in order to revive the island's right to self-government.[1]

Free Sicilians

Siciliani Liberi
PresidentMassimo Costa
Deputy PresidentAntonella Pititto
SecretaryCiro Lomonte
Founded3 January 2016
HeadquartersVia Isidoro La Lumia 7, 90139 Palermo
IdeologySicilian nationalism
Independentism
Souverainism
Regionalism
Political positionBig tent
European affiliationnone
European Parliament groupno MEPs
Colours    
Sicilian Regional Assembly
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Chamber of Deputies
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Senate
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European Parliament
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Website
sicilianiliberi.org

HistoryEdit

Free Sicilians was founded by Massimo Costa, Antonella Pititto and Enzo Cassata.[2] The party was launched on 3 January 2016 during a meeting in Pergusa. On the same occasion, the economist Massimo Costa, professor at the University of Palermo, became president of the party.[3]

Free Sicilians took part in the local elections for the first time in the spring of 2017, presenting its own mayoral candidate and its own electoral list in Palermo, capital of Sicily. Ciro Lomonte, an architect and scholar of the Salingaros Group,[4] was chosen as mayoral candidate. During his electoral campaign, Lomonte focused on the issues of the urban renewal, the identity revival of Palermo and the violations of the Statute of Sicily by the Italian Government.[5] Lomonte scored 4787 votes (1,76%), while the list scored 4041 votes (1,71%).[6][7]

Roberto La Rosa, a lawyer and former deputy secretary of the Sicilian National Front, was chosen as President of Sicily candidate for the 2017 regional election.[8] Free Sicilians was the only pro-independence party competing for the Sicilian Regional Assembly in 2017. "Economic independence" was the key concept of the electoral campaign. According to the party's program, this key concept would be pursued through the adoption of the special economic zone and a complementary currency called Tarì, like the ancient coin of the Kingdom of Sicily.[9] During the campaign, La Rosa also suggested the creation of the Sicilian national football team as other autonomous regions and unrecognised states did before Sicily.[10] La Rosa scored 14,656 votes (0.70%), while the list scored 12,600 votes (0.66%).[11]

On December 2017 Ciro Lomonte was chosen as provisional secretary until the first Congress of the party.[12]

IdeologyEdit

Free Sicilians believes that Sicily is a European stateless nation with its own political history, language, culture, traditions and national identity.[13] The party describes the current political and economic condition of Sicily as a case of internal colonialism. In particular, Free Sicilians complains the persistent non-implementation of the Autonomous Statute of Sicily and, for this reason, aims to gradually achieve the full independence of the island in order to create a sovereign state.[13] The party describes its ideology as "souverainist", in opposition to the excesses of globalization.[13]

International relationsEdit

The responsible for the international relations of Free Sicilians is Francesco Marsala, president of the cultural association Sicilia-Catalunya, who attended as international observer during the 2017 Catalan independence referendum. On February and March 2018, Free Sicilians hosted the first delegations of Catalan nationalist parties (Estat Català, Esquerra Republicana) at its headquarters in Palermo.[14]

On December 2017 Free Sicilians has congratulated the Corsican nationalist alliance Pè a Corsica for the success in the Corsican territorial election.[15]

LeadershipEdit

  • President: Massimo Costa (2016–present)
    • Deputy President: Antonella Pititto (2016–present)
  • Secretary: Ciro Lomonte (2017–present)
    • Deputy Secretary: Gianluca Castriciano and Michele D'Amico (2017–present)

Electoral resultsEdit

Regional CouncilsEdit

Region Latest election # of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
Sicily 2017 12,600 (#12) 0.66
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