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Grillo defends call for police to stop guarding politicians

'Never incited insubordination' says M5S leader

13 December, 16:25
Grillo defends call for police to stop guarding politicians (see related) (ANSA) - Rome, December 13 - Beppe Grillo, leader of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S), on Friday defended his call to Italian police officers not to protect elected officials amid anti-government protests. "No one incited law enforcement to insubordination, unless insubordination means taking off your helmet and marching with the exasperated people," said Grillo. In addressing parliament this week, Premier Enrico Letta condemned those who "incite law enforcement to insubordination" amid rising anti-austerity demonstrations in an indirect reference to Grillo's remarks. Earlier in the week, police in riot gear doffed their helmets during protests in what was largely interpreted as a sign of solidarity with the so-called Pitchfork Movement, now in its fifth day of nationwide marches.

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