As Italy Votes, Topless Protesters Target Berlusconi

Three women had 'Enough with Berlusconi' written on their backs

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 24, 2013 9:19 AM CST

(Newser) – Three feminist protesters added a little zing to Italy's crucial elections today, ripping off their shirts and attempting to charge Silvio Berlusconi as he voted. The trio had "Enough with Berlusconi" ("Basta Berlusconi") written across their backs, reports Sky News, and were quickly accosted by police in a scene that more closely resembled a free-for-all than democracy. Italian judges recently postponed Berlusconi's underage sex trial so that he could stand for election.

Police take away a woman protesting where Silvio Berlusconi was voting, in Milan, Italy, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013.
Police take away a woman protesting where Silvio Berlusconi was voting, in Milan, Italy, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013.   (AP Photo/Spada, Lapresse)
Silvio Berlusconi exits a booth as he votes in a polling station in Milan, Italy, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013.
Silvio Berlusconi exits a booth as he votes in a polling station in Milan, Italy, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013.   (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Silvio Berlusconi casts his ballot in Milan, Italy, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013.
Silvio Berlusconi casts his ballot in Milan, Italy, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013.   (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
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