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Clashes at anti-Berlusconi protest

Clashes at anti-Berlusconi protest
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Police have clashed with protesters at a rally outside the villa of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Bottles were thrown as the group broke away from the main march and tried to get to the gates of the house. One policeman is reported to have been hurt and two people arrested.

The protest was organised by a group calling itself the Purple People. They want Berlusconi to resign over allegations that he held sex parties with prostitutes at the villa and had sexual relations with an underage teenager known as Ruby.

One woman said: “Berlusconi is an embarrassment. It would be better if he resigned. He is ruining the image of women, reducing it to nothing, just a body and that is it, no brains. A prime minister they call “papi” should just go away.”

With costumes and posters mocking Berlusconi, the protesters are clearly serious in their intention. One banner said: “It is Italy’s 150th birthday, Silvio. Give it a present and resign.”