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Berlusconi falls further in opinion polls

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Berlusconi falls further in opinion polls


The troubles keep on coming for Silvio Berlusconi.

A new opinion poll in Italy shows public support for the prime minister has dropped to just 27.5 percent, down seven points on polls in October.

Further anti-Berlusconi demonstrations have been held this weekend, with critics saying they are losing patience over a growing list of accusations against him.

Milan prosecutors are the latest to move against him, investigating allegations that he used an underage prostitute. Refusing a summons to meet with prosecutors, he maintains the revelations of links between him and a Moroccan belly dancer are part of a smear campaign by political rivals.

But protesters say they have had enough. One woman at a rally in Milan said: “I believe maybe we are not used to reacting or fighting against these things anymore. We don’t consider it normal, but I fear that deep down we think that because it’s the reality we see now in every day life, maybe we can’t do anything to change it.”

Florence was another city where hundreds gathered for an anti-Berlusconi protest. School teachers helped organise the demonstration, with one slogan saying “Italy is not a brothel”.

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