Thousands of protestors rallied outside of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's private villa in the small Milan suburb of Arcore. Clashes broke out between demonstrators and security forces as bottles and other objects were thrown at the police.
Throughout 2010, protests intensified throughout Italy where hundreds of thousands of activists, voters, members of government, academics and concerned citizens consistently urged Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who has been marred with scandal after scandal since being elected, resign.
On Sunday, protestors shouted “Resign, resign!” and carried signs stating “Prostitutes out of the state” in front of the Prime Minister’s private villa in Arcore, where he was spending the weekend, according to Agence-France Presse. More than a 100 protestors attempted to burst through the entrance.
This led to quarrels between protestors and riot police. Protestors then began to bombard riot police with wine bottles and other objects they could get their hands on. Press TV reports that two protestors were arrested and several others, including policemen, were injured.
There was also a clash at the town’s train station where several people were injured, including protestors, officers and a journalist. Officers arrested at least two individuals.
According to Reuters, Sunday’s rally was preceded by an informal conference where more than 9,000 people packed a concert hall in Milan, including academics, journalists and former President of the Constitutional Court. Hundreds of people gathered outside to watch on video screens.
Attendees argue that Berlusconi’s flamboyant lifestyle and alleged charges have ruined Italy’s reputation on the world stage and urged the Italian populace to dissent against the Prime Minister.
“There is an Italy that has the right and the duty to make itself seen and to raise its voice, an Italy that believes in rules and legality,” said author of “Gomorra,” a novel about the Naples mafia, Roberto Saviano. He later stated that Berlusconi is “a premier who, suffering from a senile sexual obsession, pays under-aged girls, lies to the state and runs from the courts.”