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People are converging on Palazzo Chigi where the government is in reunion. Apparently nearly a thousand people with traffic being blocked in the area. Several political leaders accuse the government of engineering a fascist-like attack on the state under the pretext of the Englaro case. I imagine that all the chaos is being created to slip through Berlusconi's far more devastating law against the judiciary branch which was also passed this evening by his government.

The Vatican deplores the tension and insists that a murder is being perpetrated.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Fri Feb 6th, 2009 at 02:13:17 PM EST
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The drift to an authoritarian regime...
I shouldn't laugh; similar things could happen here later this year with our own French Berlusconi (who openly predicted increased social unrest).
by Bernard (bernard) on Fri Feb 6th, 2009 at 03:27:50 PM EST
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The Vatican has expressed delusion for President Napolitano's choice not to sign the government's emergency decree to block a Supreme Court decision.

The government has decided to proceed by proposing a bill in the Senate. The government is seeking to have an emergency session and is confident that they can pass a law within "three days"- not at all unconceivable since the parliament no longer exists. The government has an ample majority in both the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, a majority that owes its allegiance entirely to being appointed to office by Berlusconi rather than being directly elected.

The extra-European entity, the Vatican, will see their prayers answered.

Crowds opposed to the Berlusconi-Vatican initiatives have gathered in Milan, Turin and Rome this evening. The tam-tam on the internet this evening points to numerous demonstrations in the days to come.

The case has hit most major European news sites- BBC, CNN, El Pais, France 24...  

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Fri Feb 6th, 2009 at 04:06:13 PM EST
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humorous but, is Italy going or already Fascist?  What is the state of Italian democracy?  This doesn't sound good.  Did the US dodge the Bush bullet only to have it arise in Europe?

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sat Feb 7th, 2009 at 06:44:08 AM EST
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Berlusconi has been off-and-on in power for fourteen years.Before that he only corrupted politicians and bribed judges.Anyway it's a long standing problem.
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Sat Feb 7th, 2009 at 04:33:15 PM EST
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