(ANSA) - 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
"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".