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Grillo likens govt crisis to gangster fight, says end nigh

'The final scenes of Reservoir Dogs'

Grillo likens govt crisis to gangster fight, says end nigh

(see related) Rome, August 22 - Beppe Grillo, leader of Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S), on Thursday likened wrangling between right and left heavyweights over Silvio Berlusconi's political future to scenes in a Quentin Tarantino gangster movie, heralding the end of an era. "The two allies (in the coalition government) are about to tear each other apart, like gangsters in the final scenes of the film Reservoir Dogs," Grillo said in a blog post, making reference to Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL) party on the right and the Democratic Party (PD) on the left. The PdL says it cannot tolerate staying in the government if the PD votes to ratify a ban from office for Berlusconi's guilty sentence earlier this month for tax fraud, his first definitive conviction in nearly 20 years of legal entanglements with judges he says are politically biased. Grillo's M5S performed surprisingly well at February elections, capitalizing on public disenchantment with traditional political parties they said were out of touch with the concerns of voters and indistinguishable from one another. His refusal to compromise with the center left led to two months of stalemate, ultimately forcing the uncomfortable formation of the current left-right coalition. "And perhaps we are finally at the end of the match," the former comedian added, alluding to the fragility of the government. "Those who caused the country to fail are in government and want to remain at any cost. Berlusconi's conviction, perhaps unexpected, broke the bank. There is the possibility of new elections, to turn a page after 20 years of darkness and decline for the country".

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