Thousands of people gathered in several Italian cities to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who is being charged of extortion and incitement to prostitution of minors, after the scandal of the Ruby case.
In the center of Palasharp (Milan), over 9.000 people called in unison for Berlusconi’s resignation, shouting “Resign. For a free and fair Italy,” a response to the “Freedom and Justice” convocatory done by the Italian judiciary.
Several personalities known in the cultural and intellectual level of Italian society, including writers Roberto Saviano and Umberto Eco, journalist Gad Lerner and Concita De Gregorio, head of L’Unità newspaper, and the general secretary of CGIL, the largest union in the country, Susanna Camusso, attended the event where many Italian flags flew upwind and messages like “This is not the Italy of Via Olgettina,” “The old idiots make us nervous,” or “Wake up, Italy deserves something better” were exposed on posters.
In Florence, 3,000 protesters gathered to walk the main streets of downtown under the theme “Italy is not a brothel”, they completed their march in the Santa Croce Piazza.
Moreover, the Popolo Viola (Violet Town) movement called for a protest against Berlusconi tomorrow at his home in Arcore, where bunga bunga parties were held.
While the Democratic Party (PD) will collect signatures in a campaign for the repeal of Berlusconi, these signatures will be presented on March 8th, International Women’s Day, at the headquarters of the Prime Ministry.