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Berlusconi postpones meeting with Pitchfork protesters

Calls on government to 'respond before something happens'

11 December, 17:19
Berlusconi postpones meeting with Pitchfork protesters (see related) (ANSA) - Rome, December 11 - Forza Italia (FI) party leader Silvio Berlusconi on Wednesday postponed his meeting with a 'Forconi' (Pitchfork) Movement delegation.

"But I call on the government to respond right away. What are they waiting for? For something to happen?" the three-time premier said in a statement.

"These people represent thousands of companies that are paying the price of the recessive policies of the past two years," the statement added.

Pitchfork demonstrations have stretched from Italy's north to south, with protesters calling for an end to austerity-driven tax hikes, the current government and the euro.

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