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Italian politician swims in protest over bridge linking Sicily to mainland Italy

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Italian politician swims in protest over bridge linking Sicily to mainland Italy

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Italian comedian turned politician Beppe Grillo has launched his regional election campaign with a swim across the Straits of Messina.

The 64-year-old swam the three kilometres to protest against plans to build a bridge linking Sicily to mainland Italy.

Sicilians go to the polls to elect a regional governor on October 28.