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PdL proposes jailing those who interfere with rallies

Bill comes after anti-Berlusconi counter-protests

PdL proposes jailing those who interfere with rallies

Rome, July 10 - Anyone who tries to break up a political rally should be thrown in jail for up to three years, says proposed legislation presented Wednesday by a member of ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party. The proposal comes after clashes during a party-sponsored rally in Brescia held in support of Berlusconi last month and his numerous battles with the courts. PdL member Ignatius Abrignani said a fine of up to 2,500 euros should also be slapped on anyone interfering with a political rally. And jail terms of up to five years could apply if a public official interferes with a rally, added Abrignani. The bill comes as supporters of Berlusconi are again gearing up for protests against Italy's criminal courts for convicting the ex-premier of having sex with a minor and abusing his office to cover up the affair.

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