Three-finger salute (Sicilian)

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The three-finger salute is a salute used by the Sicilian nationalists and separatists.

It was especially used during the era of the Movement for the Independence of Sicily (1943–1951) led by Andrea Finocchiaro Aprile. [1]

The salute represents the Trinacria's three legs. [2]

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  1. Battaglia, Antonello. Separatismo siciliano: I documenti militari. Edizioni Nuova Cultura (2015). p. 109.
  2. Uboldi, Raffaello. 25 aprile 1945: i giorni dell'odio e della libertà. Mondadori (2004). p. 86.

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