Italy: Death threats against Prime Minister

ITALIAN daily La Repubblica today received a death-threat letter aimed at Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi which contained a bullet, the newspaper's website reported.

The letter, which also proclaimed "Allah is Great", vows to "hit" Mr Berlusconi as well as the speakers of Italy's upper and lower parliamentary chambers, Renato Schifani and Gianfranco Fini, the website said.

According to the left-leaning title, a similar letter was received by the right-leaning daily Libero yesterday in Milan.

In January, a letter threatening Mr Berlusconi and his brother Paolo – containing two bullets – was received by the Milan daily Il Giornale.

Mr Berlusconi, while prime minister in 2001, infuriated Muslims and appalled Western diplomats with remarks asserting the superiority of Western civilization over Islam.

Source: Herald Sun (English)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's interesting that this made the news because Berlusconi is a very polarizing figure. I'm sure he gets lots of death threats, and not just from Muslims. Italians have always been very politically extreme, even organizing large political parties around terrorism in the late '60's and early '70's (remember i Briganti Rossi and Aldo Moro?). He's become more popular lately because of the Muslim threat. That's been a huge boost to his career. But for this to make the news was just odd.