Topic: People and Communities
Once placed the last vote inside the ballot boxes Italy’s fait was sealed. Prodi –Italy’s new prime minister- and Berlusconi –the now soon to be former Italian Prime minister- disputed the majority of votes. Whilst Italy voted divided, and was going to address Senators to one and deputies to the other, the overseas districts were the ones who finally decided the destiny of the boot-shaped country. This new important sector of the voters was unknown to the candidates, so campaign was much of a test and error attempt of wining those voters.
We mentioned this situation a couple of weeks ago; when Argentina’s Italian community began to take part in the political debate. 12 deputies and 6 senators were elected in the overseas territories. The countdown was impressive, one vote up, then two down, the margin was narrow… and those who broke the tie were the emigrated Italians.
While the center-left wing voters from Italy and from abroad altogether celebrated in unity; Berlusconi addressed the voters from overseas in a discriminatory manner, arguing that the bunch of Argentine communists had voted in a revenge manner…
This is something that comes from the title holders from Italy that resent the Argentine population for the economic breakdown of 2001-2002 that devaluated their titles and made them loose money.
As in every country in the world, politics and economics are two different worlds, which meet in some points… As to the “communist” label, it is indeed evident that Argentina is not a communist country, progressive in some ways, not communist. Italy’s prime minister should mind his words in a broader sense… He addressed the voters who chose his opponent over him as idiots (coglioni) and stupid (stronzo). Mr Berlusconi should know better, democracy is based upon different grounds and foundations than those of verbal and physical attacks.
Italy has always been broader than the original Mediterranean country; the fact that its immigrants have populated the Americas for over two centuries is something that needed to be taken into consideration and included as Italians in their own motherland. These elections have proven the fact that life experiences and history pay off, and these Italians from around the globe have taken in their own hands their present and future.
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