Riot Grrrls: Women Protest Berlusconi

Discussion in 'Europe' started by NileGuide, Feb 13, 2011.

  1. 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.”
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    For photos of Se Non Ora Quando demonstrations across Italy, take a look at @FiammaHonne’s story feed
    Photos by Erica Firpo (Rome) and Jason Fuller (Ferrara),

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  2. Italian women have had a revolution with men in Italy for over 20 years now. Politicians in Italy are paid more than anywhere in Europe, including the EC. Big demonstrations in Italy are normal, but rarely result in any changes. . Mr Berlusconi thrives off these controversies and as most Italians might say, we shall see :p
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    I would suggest the situation is a little more complicated than will be covered accurately on Milepoint. Rather than getting into ANY viewpoint, I will leave it at that.
    In terms of travellers visiting Italy, the demonstrations will have ZERO impact on their trips.

    What may be more interesting is the proposed strike of ALL HOTELS IN ITALY for 17MAR, which co-incidentally is the 150th anniversary of the forming of the Republic of Italy. The hotels are planning this strike in protest to a tax to be put on all visitors to certain areas of the country who stay in a hotel or bed and breakfast. If this tax passes, it will make hotels 1.50-4.00 EUR per day per person more expensive, with none of this money going back to Tourism related investments. I would be far more interested in this as a traveller than Mr. Berlusconi.
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