[ti:Former Trump Advisor Seeks to Create a School for Populists]
[00:00.16]A former advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump
[00:05.24]is planning to open a school for populist activists.
[00:11.28]Steve Bannon wants to set up the training center
[00:16.00]at a monastery in Italy.
[00:19.64]However, the Italian government is now seeking to stop the plan.
[00:26.72]Bannon's idea is to teach students
[00:30.87]how to defend the West's Judeo-Christian traditions
[00:35.48]against opposition from the political left.
[00:40.40]When he announced the plan,
[00:42.96]Bannon called it a "gladiator school"
[00:47.16]– in other words, a school for warriors.
[00:52.24]Helping Bannon is Benjamin Harnwell of Britain.
[00:56.92]Harnwell told VOA,
[00:59.44]"We are going to rip out everything of a person
[01:03.22]that is of this world and throw it away."
[01:07.64]The goal is to turn students into single-minded activists, he added.
[01:15.23]To house their school, Harnwell and Bannon have secured
[01:20.96]temporary ownership of the 800-year-old Trisulti Charterhouse.
[01:28.12]The monastery is in the mountains about 70 kilometers east of Rome.
[01:35.44]The picturesque grounds are difficult to reach,
[01:40.36]and the area does not have good internet connection.
[01:46.08]However, said Harnwell, "It is perfect for what we want to do."
[01:53.08]The training camp has fueled arguments among Italians.
[01:58.68]Government officials say they plan to cancel the agreement
[02:04.00]to let Bannon and Harnwell's group take control of the monastery.
[02:09.60]They say the group has violated some terms of the agreement.
[02:16.40]Harnwell said false charges and criticism from the left
[02:21.76]influenced the government's decision.
[02:25.76]He said he plans to fight it and clear his group's name.
[02:33.28]The officials' decision follows a number of anti-Bannon protests
[02:39.32]near the grounds of the monastery.
[02:42.72]Activists accused Bannon of being a white supremacist and a secret fascist.
[02:50.53]Chiarina Ianni is a lawyer who has been helping to organize the protests.
[02:57.68]She told reporters that Bannon's plans
[03:01.87]are in opposition to the "spirit of this monastery,
[03:06.44]which has long been a route of peace for pilgrims and walkers."
[03:12.88]Italians who live near the monastery
[03:16.16]seem surprised by all the attention the area is getting.
[03:21.44]Historically, the monastery has been a home for monks
[03:25.96]who mostly remained silent.
[03:29.56]Now, it is at the center of a noisy dispute.
[03:35.16]VOA spoke to the owner of a local drinking establishment.
[03:40.48]She said, "Most of us don't like Bannon's politics.
[03:45.80]But if they get going, then it would mean jobs for locals."
[03:51.04]And, she added, if officials force Bannon out,
[03:55.84]the monastery may become just another old building
[04:00.52]the state cannot afford to maintain.
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