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Berlusconi Attacked One Year After Bush

From a context free Associated Press:


Berlusconi in pain, will remain hospitalized

By ALESSANDRA RIZZO (AP)

December 14, 2009

ROME — Premier Silvio Berlusconi is in pain and will remain hospitalized until at least Tuesday with a fractured nose and two broken teeth from an attack by a mentally disturbed man who hit him in the face with a statuette, doctors and aides said.

The attack shocked Italy, already gripped by a tense political climate and highly polarized between Berlusconi’s supporters and his critics.

It also raised questions about the security surrounding the premier. A government official said he expected the premier’s protection to be tightened, as security officials held an emergency meeting.

The 73-year-old Berlusconi was rushed to the San Raffaele hospital in Milan with his face covered in blood after the attack in the northern Italian city Sunday afternoon.

TV footage showed that the assailant had come close to Berlusconi and hurled a souvenir statue of Milan’s Duomo, the Gothic cathedral that is a symbol of the city, hitting him in the face. Italian newspapers say the statuette was made of metal.

The attacker, a 42-year-old man with a history of psychological problems, has been arrested. After a night of questioning at a police barracks, the man was moved to the San Vittore prison in Milan, the ANSA news agency said. Police have identified him as Massimo Tartaglia.

The premier lost a lot of blood and is taking antibiotics and drugs for "persistent" pain, the hospital said at midday. His vital signs are normal and he is eating with difficulty but will not need surgery, his doctor, Alberto Zangrillo, said…

Berlusconi’s entry into politics has further polarized a society that is traditionally divided into fiercely opposed factions. Along with widespread solidarity for the premier, groups praising Berlusconi’s assailant mushroomed on Facebook in the aftermath of the attack.

Roberto Maroni, who as interior minister is in charge of police forces, said he had counted some 300 Facebook groups praising Tartaglia. He also mentioned Youtube videos showing the attack with comments inciting more violence

Aides and other people who have seen Berlusconi in recent days describe him as worried by what he called a climate of hatred surrounding him.

Zangrillo, who is Berlusconi’s personal physician and the first one to come to the premier’s aide after the attack, said Berlusconi was shocked.

"Staring at his bloodied hand, he told me: ‘There’s a climate of hatred, I expected this would happen,’" Zangrillo was quoted as saying by Corriere della Sera, Italy’s leading newspaper. Bonaiuti, Berlusconi’s spokesman, had similar comments

Isn’t it odd how our mainstream media have missed that detail that this attack occurred exactly one year to the day after that brave Iraqi ‘journalist’ threw his shoe at President Bush?

Remember how our media laughed?

They didn’t expect any serious consequences.

And given Mr. Berlusconi’s politics, they probably still don’t see this as a problem.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, December 14th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Berlusconi Attacked One Year After Bush”

  1. catie says:

    Wow Steve, I had no idea this was exactly 365 days from the “brave” shoe thrower. Well some eager beaver troll will probably pass this along to Chris “The enemy is at West Point” Matthews for his show with 4 viewers or to Oberdouche tonight.

  2. rakkasan says:

    Actually, CNN noted that it was one year ago that the Bush shoe-thing happened. And then they showed it three or four times in a row. They still think it is funny. And, if someone did it to Obama it would be raaaaacist. And do not condemn me for watching CNN. I know, I know. But it is like coffee – it keeps me awake with jitters.


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