Se non ora, quando? ” If not now, when?” was today’s primal scream across Italy as tens of thousands of women and men united in piazzas and cities in Italy, as well as London, Paris, Portland, Berlin, Toronto, to protest Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, and his antics in and out of parliament. More importantly, the protests were a unified front against the further debasing of women in Italy which many attribute to Berlusconi. Speakers and protesters called for for equal standing and much needed respect for Italian women in the work place and out.
Whether one word– Basta (enough)– or several- Vogliamo un paese che rispette le donne tutte (we want a country that respects all women), the attitude was the same. Fed up with Berlusconi and his seemingly never-ending stream of verbal, boardroom and bedroom gaffes, protesters are hoping the rest of Italy will come together and force Berlusconi to step down. According to Associated Press, Berlusconi doesn’t see things quite the same way and “claims he is being victimized by left-wing prosecutors who want to topple him from power” thanks to a recent investigation against the Prime Minister for allegedly paying for sex with a 17-year-old woman, or as AP reports, “a sensational probe against Berlusconi in over a decade of criminal cases against him, mainly for dealings in his billion-dollar empire of TV, film, advertising and other business interests.”
Photos by Erica Firpo (Rome) and Jason Fuller (Ferrara), www.flipflorence.com
Mass Protests in Italy Against Berlusconi, Alex Roe, blogfromitaly.com
Italian Women Protest Against Berlusconi, Nick Pisa, Sky.com
Italian Women Protest over Berlusconi’s Sex Scandal, Catherine Horby, Reuters.com
Silvio Berlusconi the focus of day of protests by Italian women, John Hooper, Guardian.co.uk