Wednesday, March 16, 2005

The granddaughter of Italian wartime dictator Benito Mussolini went on hunger strike on Monday after being barred from next month's regional elections over signature forgeries.

Alessandra Mussolini, founder of the far-right Social Alternative movement, is appealing the ban in a Rome court.

More than 800 signatures on her petition to stand in the election for president of Lazio region have been declared false. The list allegedly includes names of the dead and others whose existence was dubious, such as people who gave their birth date as Feb. 31. ...

To draw attention to her case, Mussolini stopped eating, although she admitted she was unprepared for the ordeal which lay ahead. "I had stomach pain yesterday, so I didn't really eat enough beforehand"....

"This is scandalous ... If other politicians are excluded like this in the future, you can imagine what could happen -- a coup," Mussolini said.
Another chip off the old chopping block crumbles to sawdust. Her grandpa believed coups were a good thing, if they overthrew wimpy liberal governments the way he did. Benito would be turning in his grave, if he hadn't been hung upside down by his own people in 1945. Of course, if we believe Niven and Pournelle, he got another job afterwards....

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