Now Italy:One million protest against Italian premier Berlusconi

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Berlusconi allegation triggers protest by women across Italy

Hundreds of thousands of women took to the streets across Italy on Sunday to demand better treatment for women, days after Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi came under investigation for engaging in prostitution with a minor.

The nationwide protest followed the filing of a request by prosecutors Wednesday for Berlusconi to stand trial for allegedly paying a 17-year-old girl for sex and abusing power in trying to cover it up. The event was organized by a nonpartisan women's group whose members describe themselves on their Facebook page as "neither desperate, nor housewives."

"Women in this country are denigrated by the repeated, indecent and ostentatious representation of women as a naked sexual object on offer in newspapers, televisions and advertising," said protest organizer Ida Poletto, a married hotel manager who has two sons. "It's intolerable."

Demonstrators gathered in more than 230 cities and towns across Italy under the slogan "If not now, then when?" Protests were also organized in London, Brussels, Tokyo, Boston and Athens. Supporters said more than 1 million people attended the rallies. Police did not publish an official estimate.

The biggest were in Rome, where more than 50,000 gathered in the Piazza del Popolo, and Milan, where the crowd spilled out of the Piazza Castello into the surrounding streets and piazzas. Rallies in Naples and Turin also drew tens of thousands of demonstrators, where speaker after speaker defended the dignity of women and called on Berlusconi, 74, to resign.
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Education Minister Mariastella Gelmini dismissed the protests, saying "the women who are demonstrating today are just a bunch of [radicals] who are being used for political reasons."

Few women hold positions of power in Italy. In politics, while a woman served once as foreign minister, not one has ever held a higher ministerial portfolio than health or education. In business, women fill about 7 percent of Italy's corporate management positions, compared with an average of 30 to 35 percent in other developed nations, a 2010 study by the research firm Gea-Consulenti Associati showed.
 

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What a bloody shame on Italy ! The prime minister of the country which is a member of the G-8, and one of the biggest economies of the world is sex maniac, paying teenage girls for meeting his sexual desires. Caesar would have committed suicide seeing the deplorable state of affairs of his mighty Rome had he been alive today ! :)
 

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What a bloody shame on Italy ! The prime minister of the country which is a member of the G-8, and one of the biggest economies of the world is sex maniac, paying teenage girls for meeting his sexual desires. Caesar would have committed suicide seeing the deplorable state of affairs of his mighty Rome had he been alive today ! :)
That way, even emperor Bharata would have got a heart attack if he saw the state of his majestic country i.e India today (including Afghanistan to Indonesia area of influence). :lol:

But on topic, guess the Egyptians have become the modern inspiration for all those fed up of their governments. What's more.. this shows that even democracies are not immune to revolts and protests (as Madam Maino and her puppets in Delhi think :p)
 

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I don't think so sandeep bhai. Caesar himself was a sex maniac.

There was a common piece of advice given to the soldiers of the Roman legions: "Lock away your wives, Caesar is coming!"

All I can say is that it is in their genes. Have you ever heard of the Samnite Games?
 

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