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Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi Assaulted in Milan

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Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was hospitalized today in Milan after being struck by a man holding a metal souvenir of the city's Duomo. The man has been arrested. The attack occurred immediately following a rally for Berlusconi's People of Freedom party, the Guardian reports:

"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."

Watch video of the attack, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Ha! Ha! That homophobe got exactly what he deserved!

    Posted by: peterparker | Dec 13, 2009 4:41:37 PM


  2. BTW very glad to announce that Joe McEldarry just won UK's X Factor 2009!

    Olly Murs came in second but I'm sure he will be in great demand. The tween/teen girls are absolutely nuts for him. I'd assume quite a few lads are too. :)

    Posted by: sparks | Dec 13, 2009 5:13:31 PM


  3. Quick! Get Silvio his pacifier. Mebbe he can get the guy tried for treason...after all, the italian government exists to do his bidding.

    Posted by: TANK | Dec 13, 2009 5:25:44 PM


  4. I hear he owns all the Italian media...and he's a mighty corrupt man. Get him, Italy.

    Posted by: nikko | Dec 13, 2009 5:52:42 PM


  5. And lets give a shout out to the good people of Italy, who in all their infinite wisdom has elected this homophobic clown Prime Minister for three terms (1994, 2001, and 2008).

    Unfortunately, Berlusconi is going to be on the international stage for many years to come.

    Posted by: John | Dec 13, 2009 6:10:49 PM


  6. Tee. Hee. It seems 2 be a fucked up week for the homophobes.

    Pity.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Dec 13, 2009 7:55:21 PM


  7. hey now, let's be too hard on of all "the good people of italy" for electing this corrupt, homophobic asshole multiple times. It seems "the american people" could be accused of doing the exact same thing in 2000 and 2004, now couldn't it? (I am one of the 49.7% of Americans who voted against George W. Bush twice and there are clearly many, many Italians who seem to hate Berlusconi even more than we hated Bush. (Hard to imagine . . .)

    Posted by: whizzbangboom | Dec 13, 2009 8:31:40 PM


  8. in my comment above, i omitted an important word in my opening sentence, which should have read "hey now, let's NOT be too hard on all of "the good people of italy . . ."

    Posted by: whizzbangboom | Dec 13, 2009 8:33:42 PM


  9. Could be accused?

    Since when has this been a hypothetical question?

    That's exactly what the American people did in 2004. By and large, the world did not react positively to Bush's re-election. And don't think we haven't paid for it in full. Anyone who travelled overseas regularly from 2004 to 2008 know these years were not good for the reputation of America as a whole. From university students in Kobe to business associates in Johannesburg, everyone expected me to provide them an appropriate explanation for the continued existence of the Bush-Cheney regime.

    And the simple reality was I had no excuse for it.

    There was an election and the religious right won.

    Posted by: John | Dec 13, 2009 9:09:54 PM


  10. He got hit pretty good. He was bleeding quite a lot.

    Posted by: Tech | Dec 13, 2009 9:39:55 PM


  11. Europe must tighten it's immigration policies. Pim Fortuyn was killed by a muslim adherent. These foreigners want to take over. Don't be fooled otherwise.

    Posted by: Bill | Dec 14, 2009 12:47:07 AM


  12. @ BILL

    Just shut up if you don't know what you talking about...

    Posted by: sebastien | Dec 14, 2009 1:53:52 AM


  13. After watching the video Berlusconi getting attacked, I have to say the whole situation looked pretty scary -- more like a mad mob than a rally

    Posted by: Sam Wright | Dec 14, 2009 2:08:54 AM


  14. That guy should be given a medal. Berlscuoni is a career criminal who has made a mockery out of the Italian justice system by constantly passing new laws to prevent the system from prosecuting him.

    Posted by: Philip Wester | Dec 14, 2009 8:49:49 AM


  15. Good. This homophobic and racist asshole got what he deserved.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Dec 14, 2009 9:05:10 AM


  16. While this falls under the two wrongs don't make a right category, he isn't exactly a sympathetic victim either.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 14, 2009 3:01:51 PM


  17. Sigh. Violence against your political opponents only legitimizes the violence they would do to you. It's never the answer. Berlusconi is the BIGGEST DOUCHIEST DOUCHE OF DOUCHEBAGS, no question, and his ass should be thrown in jail for corruption. But assaulting him only gives him ammunition and changes the channel from "he's a genuine fucking criminal," to "he's a victim." Not a smart move.

    Posted by: Derek Pearce | Dec 14, 2009 3:29:28 PM


  18. @John---you are so right. Traveling overseas during that time was a nightmare. I had seething Turks demanding to know why we'd reelected Bush (along with less aggressive Thais, Cambodians, and Indians). And I can usually pretend to be European fairly effectively if needed. Didn't work with those groups!

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 14, 2009 3:30:03 PM


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