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[Wow. Think people have had enough? He could have hit Berlusconi anywhere but he ended up hitting him in the mouth. Maybe that means that people are tired of hearing all the verbal BS that these politicians have been telling us? Tony]
Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi taken to hospital after being left bloodied by attack at rally in Milan
By Daily Mail Reporter
14th December 2009
With a split lip and his face covered in blood, this was Silvio Berlusconi after he was punched to the ground by an attacker yesterday.
The 73-year-old Italian prime minister was assaulted as he signed autographs at the end of a stormy political rally in Milan.
A man stepped from the crowd and dodged bodyguards before smashing the politician in the face – apparently while clutching a model of the city’s Duomo cathedral in his clenched fist. [The Duomo Cathedral took five centuries to complete and is the fourth-largest church in the world. Isn’t it interesting that a politician was hit in the mouth by a model of one of the largest religious institutions in the world – while being in Italy – home of the Vatican? I don’t know – this could have been any world leader hit anywhere with anything – I find that these points (mouth-church-Italy/Vatican) bring forth a certain worldwide synchronicity/global consciousness that we need to pay attention to. Tony]
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Bloodied: Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi in his vehicle after being attacked at the rally in Milan
The attacker, named last night as Massimo Tartaglia, was quickly seized by police and taken away.
TV showed a stunned Mr Berlusconi with blood around his mouth as he was lifted to his feet by aides.
He was bundled into his official car but immediately got out, apparently in an effort to show he was not badly injured. After looking out into the crowd, the aides pulled him back into the vehicle.
Assault: Silvio Berlusconi appeared shaken as he was rushed to hospital with cuts to his face
Seized: Massimo Tartaglia, centre, was quickly arrested after the attack
As police officers swamped the rally, Mr Berlusconi was driven to a nearby hospital where he was given a CAT scan.
Initial reports said he had lost a ‘reasonable amount of blood’ from his lips and that he had ‘two loose teeth, one of which was fractured’.
Doctors said that as he was being treated on a stretcher, he had told them: ‘I’m fine, I’m fine, don’t worry about me.’
It was reported that the attacker was wielding a miniature statue of Milan’s Duomo, the city’s gargoyled cathedral and symbol, but couldn’t say what the souvenir was made of.
Berlusconi’s spokesman, speaking by telephone from the emergency room from San Raffaele hospital where the premier was taken, told Sky TG24 TV that doctors had decided to keep the premier in the hospital overnight for observation.
‘We’ll see what the doctors say tomorrow morning,’ spokesman Paolo Bonauiti told Sky.
The exams of his jaw area included a CT scan, Bonaiuti said.
A scuffle breaks out immediately after Berlusconi is attacked
There was no immediate suggestion of a motive for the attack. Police sources said that 42-year- old Tartaglia, from Milan, was not known as a political activist and had no criminal convictions apart from minor driving offences.
They added, however, that he had been ‘receiving medical attention for mental problems’ for ten years.
Before the attack, Mr Berlusconi had delivered a fiery speech to supporters of his People of Freedom party in the square in front of the cathedral. Scores of opponents had also gathered to try to drown out his speech.
Defence minister Ignazio La Russa who witnessed the attack said: ‘I saw blood coming from the premier’s nose and mouth. He was then pushed into the car by his bodyguards and driven away.
‘He was actually trying to step on the edge of the door so that he could stand and wave to the crowds but his bodyguards would not let him do it, they pushed him inside.
Mr Berlusconi was signing autographs when he was attacked by a man, said to be in his 30s or early 40s
‘The attacker was held immediately by the police and it’s a good job he was because he risked being lynched by the crowd. There would have been just pieces of him left.’
It is the second time that Mr Berlusconi has been attacked in public. In 2004 he was hit over the head with a camera tripod while strolling in Rome.
Last night’s incident came despite reports in November security had been tightened-around him following fears that he was being targeted by Left-wing terrorists.
Mr Berlusconi has been at the centre of controversy for much of the year. In April it emerged that he had attended the 18th birthday party of a lingerie model, giving her a £5,400 gold and diamond necklace.
It prompted his long-suffering wife Veronica Lario, 53, to announce she was divorcing him because she could no longer be with a man who ‘ associated with minors and was ill’.
In June it emerged that escort girls had been among women invited to parties at his official residences. One claimed to have slept with him.
He has also been at the centre of a political storm after an immunity law his government introduced was overturned, meaning he could be put on trail for corruption.
In recent weeks there have been claims he was in the Mafia, allegations he has dismissed as lies.
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