The sardine has become a symbol of protest against the far-right firebrand leader Matteo Salvini , who served as interior minister and deputy prime minister in the previous coalition government with the Five Star Movement.
Demonstrators gathered in the city's Piazza della Repubblica sang the anti-fascist song "Bella Ciao" and shouted "Every sardine has the right to exist!"
Instead of the usual banners from political groups, protesters brandished placards in the shape of a sardine.
A woman holds a placard reading"Solidarity, Welcoming, Respect, Rights, Inclusion, Non-violence, Antifascism" as 15,000 demonstrators take part in a gathering called by the left-wing anti-Salvini 'Sardine Movement', in Piazza della Republic in Florence on November 30, 2019. I (AFP)
It was a response to the growing strength in the north of the right-wing coalition led by the League.
"But sardines are strong and can become a huge wave, a tsunami," another supporter said on Facebook, where the group's page is titled "The Sardines' Archipelago".
Regional elections there are set for January 26 and the polls suggest the League's candidates are running neck and neck with the current centre-left governor there.Read more: TRT World
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