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article imageBerlusconi attacked in public square

By Matteo Marras     Dec 13, 2009 in Politics
Berlusconi hurt by the launch of an object after a rally in Milan. Massimo Tartaglia, who made this gesture, has been mentally treated for ten years
Today, around 21:00, after a meeting with his party, Silvio Berlusconi was hit in the face while he signed autographs at the end of his rally in Piazza Duomo in Milan. The Prime Minister, who immediately after the attack from the lower lip was bleeding profusely, was taken away from the square by car and has been medicated at Hospital San Raffaele.
According to government circles, “the President is fine." Defense Minister Ignazio La Russa said that Berlusconi will remain “under observation until tomorrow and will spend the night in hospital." The medical report, which followed the tack, speaks of two fillings, an injury to the nasal bones and his lip split. The doctors have prescribed 20-day prognosis for the Prime Minister.
Protagonist was a man of 42 years, Massimo Tartaglia, immediately stopped by the police who took him away from the rampaging mob. According to a first reconstruction, Tartaglia was holding a statuette of the Cathedral, with which he struck the lower lip. The police, after having brought him to the police station, raided the apartment of the man. Intelligence sources have reported that Tartaglia was treated for 10 years at the Policlinico of Milan for mental problems and that he has no previous criminal records against him nor has the Digos (Italian police who deals with political matters) for links with organized groups and extremists.
Every politician, from every side, condemned strongly such episode. Except for Antonio Di Pietro, Italia dei Valori leader, who said: “There's no place for violence, but this climate of despair is due to his policies, who could have instigated violence." Di Pietro's comment, however, remained isolated and not shared by both majority and oppositions.
ANSA, Italian press agency, said: "That the Prime Minister could be the subject of an attack by a madman was the primary concern of secret service men involved in the safety of the premier, and because of that the system of protection of Berlusconi had been strengthened and brought to the highest levels. But, just as the experts feared, they weren't able to completely avoid the attack".
In the meanwhile Facebook people is siding pro or against this gesture: “Massimo Tartaglia character of the Year “, “Massimo Tartaglia Shame”. A little over an hour from the aggression to the President today in Piazza Duomo, the people of Facebook already ranked among those who strongly blamed the act and those who supported it, praising the author of the gesture. Many have been created on the popular social networking sites, Tartaglia, “Shame on Massimo Tartaglia, assailant of Berlusconi...”, “I'm on part of Tartaglia.” And again, comments, groups, spontaneous pages.
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