Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Rome Braces Itself for Protests Ahead of Crucial Berlusconi No Confidence Votes

Carabinieri officers backed up by armoured vans closed off a large area of the Italian capital in order to stop demonstrators from reaching parliament and the Senate, where Mr Berlusconi faces two crucial no confidence votes.

The "red zone" also included the embattled prime minister's offices and his private residence, Palazzo Grazioli.

The large police presence underlined the feeling of a government under siege, with Mr Berlusconi's coalition hanging by a thread amid uncertainty over whether he will be able to muster the support of enough MPs to defeat the no confidence vote in the lower house of parliament.'


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