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Meloni lacks sense of institutions on baton charges-Schlein

Meloni lacks sense of institutions on baton charges-Schlein

PM voicing stance via FdI attacks on students says Bonelli

ROME, 25 February 2024, 14:07

ANSA English Desk




Premier Giorgia Meloni's silence over controversial baton charges by police against peaceful pro-Palestinian student protesters in Pisa Friday shows she has no "sense of the institutions," opposition centre-left Democratic Party (PD) leader Elly Schlein said Sunday.
    "I would like the centre right exponents to break their silence on the events in Pisa," said the PD chief.
    "And that Giorgia Meloni should do so above all, she who is demonstrating that she has no sense of the institutions.
    "Let her stop hiding behind her ministers and come to report directly to parliament on what happened".
    She continued: "It's time for the premier to say something about what happened and about the management of public order on the occasion of the very serious episodes that happened in Pisa, with the baton-charging of students by police but also other similar episodes that occurred previously.
    "It's not the first time, sadly, that we are witnessing actions of this kind".
    Schlein said that President Sergio Mattarella had "said everything that needed to be said" about the allegedly heavy handed policing in stating Saturday that "the use of truncheons does not confere authoritativeness".
    Another opposition leader, Green Europe co-spokesman Angelo Bonelli, said: "Giorgia Meloni continues in her silence regarding the use of truncheons by the police on the students in Pisa, even after the stance adopted by President Sergio Mattarella (who chided the policing, ed.).
    "But she expresses herself through the words of the coordinator of (her rightwing Brothers of Italy party) FdI, Giovanni Donzelli, who attacks the demonstrators instead of listening to those asking for more wisdom and dialogue as an alternative to the use of batons, as suggested by the president's appeal".
    As well as the baton charges in Pisa, of which videos surfaces showing officers repeatedly hitting students on the head, there also police baton charges on a similar demo in Florence Friday.


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