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FEMEN participate in Berlusconi protests

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Nov. 5, 2011, 8:51 p.m. | Ukraine abroad — by Associated Press

Ukrainian women's rights group Femen, painted in colors of the Italian flag, shout slogans against Italian Premier Sivlio Berlusconi during a demonstration staged by the Italian Democratic party in Rome, Nov. 5, 2011
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ROME (AP) — Tens of thousands of opposition activists demonstrated in central Rome on Saturday for the ouster of Premier Silvio Berlusconi. Democratic Party leader Pierluigi Bersani told the crowd that his party is prepared to work with other opposition groups to lead a new government.

"If there is discontinuity and change, we are ready with the other opposition to create a new government," Bersani told the crowd in Piazza San Giovani.

Berlusconi's grip on power has been weakened by the ongoing sovereign debt crisis and infighting in his coalition that has prevented clear measures. Six members of his party this week urged him to step aside to allow the formation of a broader coalition with a centrist opposition party.

The protesters, who arrived on buses and trains from throughout Italy, were joined by center-left politicians from France and Germany, as well as a group of topless female demonstrators from Ukraine known as Femen.

"We are not credible. I am ashamed of how other European countries see us. It is pitiful. This man (Berlusconi), this marionette, must go away," said Mario Puddu, a retiree.

Berlusconi has promised a confidence vote on new legislation sought by the European Union to shore up Italy's economy. The measures include a plan to sell government assets, tax breaks to encourage employment for the young, and getting women back into the work force. The legislation would also liberalize store opening hours and open closed professions.

Italy also agreed at a summit in Cannes to have the International Monetary Fund monitor the reform efforts, a humbling step for one of the world's seventh largest economies with the second largest public debt in Europe.

Italy's borrowing costs to service its enormous public debt at 120 percent of GDP have been rising since the summer, raising concerns of a default if Italy. While Europe has bailed out Ireland, Greece and Portugal, euro zone leaders say Italy is too big to bail out.
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Anonymous Nov. 5, 2011, 10:29 p.m.    

Why is Femen in Italy when the situation in Ukraine is SO MUCH worse than in Italy!

Sure their people are being pushed into Poverty & Slavery BUT we are ALREADY there! Not only are we poor slaves but we are also undergoing Russification and genocide which the Italians are NOT! Femen COME HOME the greater battle is here!

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Anonymous Nov. 9, 2011, 12:34 a.m.    

Yes, but Italy commted genocide in Libya and other countries that occupied as it was mainly fasistic during the second wolrl war, not like Russia that fight for the liberty of rest of the world and was faced with lost of 20 000 000 of their people.

God save Russia

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Jaroslaw Sawka Jan. 25, 2012, 5:27 a.m.    

by Nikolai Tolstoy

The Communists killed MORE Russians &amp; Ukrainians than the Nazis!-

before, during and after the WAR!!!

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Anonymous Nov. 6, 2011, 8:55 a.m.    

FEMEN are just promoting Ukraine as a a sex tourist destination. Their message is being lost in its delivery. They are being pumped up by the tabloid media who only want to exploit their nudity and self promotion. They act against the Ukraine's best interst and feminist cause. Somneone is paying for their cost and travel. The media should ask and report on who is picking up the tab?

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Anonymous Nov. 6, 2011, 9:45 p.m.    

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.

Winston Churchill

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Anonymous Nov. 9, 2011, 12:25 a.m.    

I cannot imagine what Berlusconi think about these beauties.

He'll pobably call them to join him in his willa and have a good time. :)

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