Topless protest at Berlusconi vote

A journalist take a picture with tablet device as former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi waits before casting his vote at a polling station in Milan. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

A journalist take a picture with tablet device as former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi waits before casting his vote at a polling station in Milan. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Sun, Feb 24, 2013, 00:00

A group of topless women were dragged away by police today when they protested against former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi as he voted in Italy's election.

The protesters, from the Ukrainian women's rights group Femen, shouted "Basta (enough) Berlusconi", as the media tycoon was voting in a polling station in a Milan school.

The same words were painted on their bodies.

Police quickly grabbed the women and roughly bundled them away.

Berlusconi, who is seeking his fifth term in government, is on trial for having sex with an underage prostitute during alleged "bunga bunga" orgies at his Milan villa, a charge he denies.

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