On 30 November, on the occasion of the International Day of Cities for Life, promoted by the Community of Sant'Egidio, 1700 cities worldwide rallied against the death penalty through conferences, public demonstrations, the lighting of the most significant monuments, celebrations in squares to say yes to life because, as Gandhi said, “An eye for an eye makes the world blind".
In Rome, hundreds of people met in front of the Coliseum for a great demonstration that also saw the participation of witnesses of exception, as Wilbert that, despite his innocence, lived on death row, activists that are fighting against the death penalty, as Andrej Paluda, of the Centre for the Defence of Human Rights "Vjasna" in Belarus, the only European country that still uses the death penalty. There were also institutional personalities from different continents, as Mayor Benjamin Abalos, mayor of Mandaluyong (Manila , Philippines), who announced the commitment of his city to involve other Asian countries in the fight against the death penalty. As a conclusion to the event, some representatives of the movement People of Peace read an appeal against the death penalty and violence.
Watch the video of the demonstration at the Coliseum