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Originally posted by Silcone Synapse
reply to post by Chevalerous
rather he just found out Berlusconi had slept with his wife/daughter/kid sister...
Originally posted by enca78
2 The public dont look able to get anywhere near (one man cant een fully extend his arm
The suspect has a history of mental illness, according to Milan police. The suspect's father said he had never committed a violent act before, Italian media reported.
Milan police said Berlusconi's attacker hit him with a small metal souvenir replica of the Doumo di Milano, the city's central cathedral, but it was not immediately clear whether the man swung at the prime minister with the object in his hand or threw it at him.
Defense Minister Ignazio La Russa told the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera that Berlusconi continued to shake hands with supporters for "a couple of minutes" after being hit.
"He remained calm and leaned out the window as he was being driven to the hospital and waved to the crowd," La Russa said.
Buonaiuti said there was "a lot of confusion" surrounding the assault, but he put some of the blame on Berlusconi's critics.
"What I can tell you is that there has been such a buildup of hatred toward the premier, and this is not good," Buonaiuti said.
"This campaign of hatred has been building quite rapidly recently, and I am not surprised that what happened tonight took place."
Milan police said the man being questioned in connection with the assault was a "mentally unstable" man in his early 40s who had been undergoing psychological treatment for some time. The man, Tartaglia, is the only person arrested and is believed to have acted alone, they said.