Italians dump mussel shells to protest austerity
Reuters US Online Report Business News
Sep 10, 2011 15:15 EDT
ROME (Reuters) – Demonstrators dumped mussel shells in front of Italy’s parliament on Saturday, accusing politicians of squeezing workers with an austerity package while clinging to their privileges like mussels cling to rocks.
The several hundred demonstrators were led by popular Italian comedian Beppe Grillo, who has become an anti-establishment cult figure because of his campaigns against Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and the center-right government.
“I am going to dump these here, in the biggest waste dump of mussels, that is, our parliament. I am hoping they will eventually go away,” Grillo said as he led the demonstrators to parliament from a rally in nearby Piazza Navonna. Whole story below….