Assault on Berlusconi

Bjarki

Registered Member
#1
Over the years Silvio Berusconi has taken more than a few figurative blows, but until today no one had actually landed one for real.
That all changed in Milan when Italy's prime minister was hit in the face and knocked to the ground by a man who, according to conflicting reports, either hurled a punch or a miniature metal souvenir of Milan's Duomo.
Berlusconi had been signing autographs and shaking hands with the public minutes after addressing crowds at a rally for his People of Freedom party in front of the Duomo when he was hit in the mouth.
He fell to the ground and was quickly ushered into a car by aides, but repeatedly tried to get out to show his bloodied face to the crowds and cameras in the square.
He was taken to a Milan hospital, where an x-ray showed he had suffered damage to two teeth. His doctor said he would be kept under observation for 24 hours.
"Berlusconi had a bag of ice over his face and appeared conscious," said a policeman in front of the hospital. The protester, 42-year-old Massimo Tartaglia, was taken for questioning by the police.
Condemnation of the attack arrived from all sides of the political spectrum. "What they did to Berlusconi was an act of terrorism," said Umberto Bossi, the leader of the Northern League party and the prime minister's closest ally.
The opposition leader, Pier Luigi Bersani, said it was an "unspeakable gesture that must be firmly condemned".
Earlier in the evening Berlusconi had received a rock star's welcome at a rally to mark the opening of public membership to the People of Freedom party. Stating that his popularity stood at 63%, he listed the successes of the Italian government since he came to power, which he said had included saving the world economy by persuading the US government to intervene "after they had left Lehman Brothers to their fate" in order to avoid "the failure of 400 banks, saving the world from an incredible and tremendous crisis". He also credited himself with having halted the crisis between Russia and Georgia. "There were missiles aimed, we made them remove them," he said.
At one point he interrupted the rally to address a group of protesters on the sidelines, who had been chanting "buffoon" and "shame", saying they should be ashamed themselves.
"We would never (behave) like that," he told them.
Towards the end of the rally, he boasted that he was still "young and on form", opening his shirt to show the crowds that he "wasn't even wearing a vest", before he and a dozen ministers ended the rally with a singalong of the national anthem.
Minutes later, the flying Duomo put an end to what should have been the prime minister's evening of triumph.





Source: Silvio Berlusconi hit in the face | World news | guardian.co.uk
My, my, that's some news for sunday night :shake:
 

Bjarki

Registered Member
#3
ugh, I never agree with violence, no matter who it's aimed against.

A broken nose and two broken teeth btw :shake:
 
#4
He should not have been attaacked, as it is anti societal. If he was to have done something wrong that is an issue for debate, not retribution. If he was to attack the other first then there is cause. To 'lynch' someone is bad news.
 

Sim

Registered Member
#6
I don't agree with violence against him, but my compassion for him is very limited. When you put your hands into a bee hive, you'll get stitches -- and when you screw the entire people over multiple times, by abusing their tax money, by fraud, by destroying democracy and placing yourself above the law by evading trials for white collar crimes, while every common person on the street who cannot afford to bribe the state like this gets convicted ... then I guess it's no surprise when some of them get really angry.

Berlusconi's model of running Italy is maybe the biggest threat a Western democracy has been facing in the last decade. That doesn't make it right to use physical violence against him -- it would be better if finally, he could no longer evade and trick himself out of the means of legal prosecution that exist. But what Berlusconi has done to the Italian people is many, many times worse than this attack on him.