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Italians protest against the policy of "green crocodile

July 8 2008

In Italy, held massive protests against the policies of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Cause disturbances were two developed by the ruling majority of the bill, which must soon address the Italian Parliament.

The first concerns the proposal for conferring judicial "immunity," the four main governing parties of the state. The number of such individuals is included and Prime Minister Berlusconi. Shortly thereafter to the Parliament will be made addition to the so-called "security package". This addition assumes that the processes for crimes committed before June 30, 2002, which are at the stage of preliminary hearings and are not classified as cases of terrorism, mafia, accidents in the workplace will be suspended for one year. This number should be "frozen" processes reaches the point at which Berlusconi is held as a suspect in the distortion of financial statements belonging to his media group Mediaset.

The protestors came out today on one of the central squares Rima - Piazza Navona. Some wore T-shirts with a picture of a green crocodile, and the inscription "Stop the caiman. In the hands of many of the protesters placards with the slogan "All citizens are equal before the law."

According to the leader of the opposition party, Italy of values ", the former investigator, Antonio Di Pietro, fought corruption in government during the operation" Clean Hands "in the early 1990's," the laws are the same for all "and the head of state not to conduct face-friendly Bills itself.

In addition, in December last year it was reported that prosecutors in Naples instituted criminal proceedings against Berlusconi on suspicion of corruption. According to Italian media, this story came to light by accident during investigations into a "black funds" (unaccounted money) overseas. According to investigators, they created the people associated with the production of films and having a business relationship, including a state channel Rai. From tapped telephone calls police learned about the contacts with President Berlusconi RaiFiction (group, which produces films for the state TV channel Rai) Agostino Sacca, aimed ostensibly to ensure that one of the senators from the ruling center-left coalition, then a necessary time for Berlusconi, a former opposition leader, supported the him in the Senate, thus provoking a government crisis and as a consequence of the fall of Romano Prodi's cabinet.

Tuesday morning Berlusconi, who is in Japan at a meeting of leaders from the Group of Eight, told reporters about his calmness on the eve of opposition demonstrations. He also said that the protest will not harm the image of Italy. "The idea of the country consists of concrete actions. Now we must raise our country's image by allowing the" garbage crisis "in the campaign. I think it should be our theme for concern," - said earlier Berlusconi, reports RIA "Novosti" .

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