The activity of the E.V.I.S. and M.I.S. politicians, which all Montelepre, all neighbouring countries and a lot of Sicilians had joined, bent the will of the Italian government and the King of Italy Umberto II, who on the 15th of May 1946 approved the Sicilian statute which made the island a Confederate Nation of Italy. The Sicilian people saluted this conquest with enthusiasm and the popularity of Salvatore Giuliano touched the heights. He was considered "the symbol of Southern rebellion" and for his native generosity, he was considered "The Robin Hood of Sicily".