Italian Women Demand Berlusconi's Resignation An estimated 1 million women took to the streets of Italy on Sunday, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. They denounced a political culture of sleaze in Italy and an end to Berlusconi's habit of promoting scantily dressed showgirls to fill seats in Parliament and even posts in his government.
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Italian Women Demand Berlusconi's Resignation

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Italian Women Demand Berlusconi's Resignation

Italian Women Demand Berlusconi's Resignation

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An estimated 1 million women took to the streets of Italy on Sunday, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. They denounced a political culture of sleaze in Italy and an end to Berlusconi's habit of promoting scantily dressed showgirls to fill seats in Parliament and even posts in his government.

MICHELE NORRIS, Host:

Berlusconi has been indicted on charges involving an underage prostitute, and today he rejected calls for his resignation. As NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports, women across Italy say the politics of sleaze must end.

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SYLVIA POGGIOLI: Nicoletta Dentico said Italian women have been passive for far too long.

NORRIS: It took Italian society a long time to react. Maybe many of us underestimated the magnitude and the deep work that this culture - or subculture, rather, was provoking. I hope today, from the - in a way, the rubble of 20 years, we start to put together pieces and build a society where women can have a say.

POGGIOLI: Sylvia Poggioli, NPR News, Rome.

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