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Grillo raps Napolitano for not slamming PdL anti-judge demo

M5S leader calls PdL Milan protest exceptionally 'subversive'

Grillo raps Napolitano for not slamming PdL anti-judge demo

Rome, March 13 - Beppe Grillo knocked Italian President Giorgio Napolitano on Wednesday for not coming out more forcefully against parliamentarians from Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party who demonstrated inside Milan's main courthouse on Monday. PdL parliamentarians, led by party secretary Angelino Alfano, railed against a series of criminal proceedings against Berlusconi, accusing judges of politically motivated persecution and threatening to boycott the opening session of parliament. "(It's a) poor country where a president of the republic, instead of going on prime-time television to condemn a subversive act of exceptional magnitude like the sad parade of parliamentarians in the court, receives Alfano (ex-justice minister) at the Quirinale the day after," wrote the leader of the populist and anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) in his blog, making reference to Alfano's Tuesday visit to the Italian president's official residence. Napolitano on Tuesday attempted to bring some calm back to the country's political scene by conducting separate talks with Alfano and later with members of the Italian judges' self-regulatory body. Napolitano then released a note in which he warned against "destabilising tensions" which could harm Italy's democracy. Responding to criticisms of Italy's judiciary by PdL leaders, Napolitano said that the idea of judicial maneuvers aimed at preventing Berlusconi from participating in the coming institutional appointments were an "aberrant hypothesis". The president, however, also warned the judges to not overreach their mandates.

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