Tens of thousands of supporters of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi have attended a giant rally in Rome, a week before key regional elections are held.
Many waved Italian flags, or the blue and white flags of Berlusconi’s centre-right People of Freedom party.
He used his speech to attack what he said was bias by some judges who he claimed were in cahoots with the opposition:
“The left wing is not able to lead but they are always ready to take advantage of the inquiries of certain politicized judges, who use justice and wiretapping in order to conduct a political struggle against us.”
There are those who say Berlusconi is having to sing for his supper ahead of next week’s vote.
Surveys show his approval ratings are falling amid a series of corruption and election scandals involving his party and associates.