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Grillo probed for urging police not to protect politicians

M5S leader made comments during heated street protests

07 February, 13:58
Grillo probed for urging police not to protect politicians (ANSA) - Genoa, February 7 - Prosecutors on Friday said the head of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S), Beppe Grillo, is under investigation for urging police not to protect elected officials.

The firebrand comic-turned-politician made the comments in an open letter to police chiefs during heated, sometimes violent anti-austerity street protests in December. "I ask you not to protect these politicians any more," said the populist leader, whose Internet-based movement stormed to third place in February's general election in a huge protest vote.

Genoa prosecutors said "numerous prosecutors' offices" from around Italy had opened cases after the remarks made during demonstrations by the so-called 'Pitchfork' movement, which snarled traffic and tied up commerce nationwide over several weeks.

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