(ANSA) - Strasbourg, March 6 - The Council of Europe's Human
Rights Commissioner Nils Muiznieks on Thursday defined as
"clearly mosogynistic" an online post by 5-Star Movement (M5S)
head Beppe Grillo criticising the Speaker of Italy's lower
chamber of parliament, recalling how Laura Boldrini has been the
target of repeated hate speech since being sworn in.
"In Italy, the House Speaker, Laura Boldrini, has been the
target of repeated hate speech since she was sworn in, including
recently when the leader of the 5-Star Movement, a political
group which obtained a quarter of the votes in last year's
legislative elections, published a clearly misogynistic post on
his blog, which was picked up by his social media account and
those used by his MPs, and which generated violent, insulting
comments against her," wrote Muiznieks in a message ahead of
International Women's Day on March 8.
The post in question, containing a video with the title
"What would you do alone in a car with Boldrini?", which showed
a man driving and talking to a cut-out of her, came after the
House Speaker took the unprecedented decision to stop a
filibuster by members of the M5S to prevent a controversial
government decree from being converted into law by using the
so-called "guillotine" power to interrupt parliamentary
discussions in order to speed up voting.
Boldrini has also been the target of threats and insults
from the anti-immigration Northern League since taking office in
The former spokeswoman for the UN refugee agency has made
no secret of wanting to use her position to promote women's
issues and gender equality.
However in a recent interview to the weekly Observer
newspaper she admitted that the criticism was "unbelievable" and