Um “ícone” da República italiana
Antonio Neri Licón, «Milenio»
Num artigo de opinião do jornal La Stampa – um que não pertence a Silvio Berlusconi -, Lucia Annunziata escrevia que “O rosto ensanguentado, surpreso e assustado do primeiro-ministro Silvio Berlusconi ficará como um ícone na história da República.”
Mesmo hospitalizado e, suponho, em dor, o primeiro-ministro italiano continua a polarizar os italianos. A imagem ensanguentada do Sr. Berlusconi e cambaleante depois de ser atacado quando assinava autógrafos, originou simpatia e solidariedade por um lado, enquanto ao mesmo tempo uma outra geração elogia o atacante, Massimo Tartaglia, no Facebook e no YouTube. As reacções são as mesmas que sempre ocorreram ao longo dos seus 15 anos de vida política. Acima de tudo, Silvio Berlusconi, continua a dividir os italianos, como escreve a The Economist:
[…] A 42-year-old man, Massimo Tartaglia, was arrested on suspicion of a premeditated assault. Police said they had found in his pockets another souvenir and a chilli-pepper spray. An inventor and electronic engineer from a town just outside Milan, Mr Tartaglia had been undergoing psychiatric treatment for ten years. Neighbours said he was subject to fits of rage. His father said that the family supported the opposition party, but added: “I am not aware that my son hates the prime minister.”
What the incident has made clear, however, is that plenty of other Italians do. Within hours, some 20,000 people had signed up to Facebook groups lauding Mr Tartaglia as a hero. This is not the first time Mr Berlusconi has been assaulted. Five years ago, during his last government, a man who admitted afterwards that he detested the prime minister, hurled a camera tripod at him in Rome.
Most Italian politicians condemned outright the latest attack. But Antonio Di Pietro, a former prosecutor who leads a small anti-corruption party, said Mr Berlusconi “instigates violence”. His remark was widely criticised. But several commentators of right and left alike remarked that, while the attack may have been the work of a mentally disturbed individual, it emerged from a background of growing political tension, much of it revolving around the prime minister. […]