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'Expansion of violence' if M5S shut out from politics

Grillo calling to boycott elections if PD bill passes

'Expansion of violence' if M5S shut out from politics

Rome, May 21 - Beppe Grillo said Tuesday that there would be "an expansion of violence" if his anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) were shut out from politics by a proposed law. "If we disappear there will be an expansion of violence," said the comic-turned-politician at a rally in Lodi, northern Italy. "We're keeping democracy on its feet, and they want us to vanish with a law". Democratic Party (PD) Senator Anna Finocchiaro and PD Whip Luigi Zanda on Monday proposed a law that would limit public funding to political parties and exclude unconventional organisations like Grillo's M5S. Grillo in response called for a boycott of the next election if the bill is signed into law. In a statement, Finocchiaro and Zanda said the bill does not intend to "close participation, but to guarantee transparency (within the party system". Grillo's reference to the risk of violence if his party falls was not his first. In an interview with Time magazine in March, he said that he channels "all this rage into this movement of people, who then go and govern. They should be thanking us one by one. If we fail, (Italy) is headed for violence in the streets".

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