Brawl in Italy’s Parliament injures lawmaker Leonardo Donno | EUROtoday

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Italian officers expressed remorse for a brawl within the nation’s Parliament, with violent scenes from Wednesday’s incident spreading extensively as Italy started to host world leaders for the annual Group of Seven summit in Puglia.

“I have no words,” Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani informed Italy’s Sky TG24 information channel after Wednesday’s violence. “We need to set another example, not punches to resolve political problems.”

During the G-7 summit, which runs from Thursday by Saturday, Italy is welcoming leaders from the European Union and 6 different industrialized nations, together with President Biden. There, leaders will focus on the conflict in Ukraine and different international points.

Images from the brawl had been splashed throughout the nation’s newspaper entrance pages Thursday. The lawmakers had clashed over a invoice that seeks to grant sure areas additional autonomy. Opponents of the controversial proposal say it should additional exacerbate the north-south divide within the nation and convey extra hardship to the impoverished south.

Footage taken moments earlier than the brawl reveals opposition occasion member Leonardo Donno making an attempt to offer an Italian flag to Minister Roberto Calderoli. As Donno approaches, Calderoli rejects the tricolor flag and backs away. Within seconds, others within the decrease chamber be part of the fray, shoving each other and throwing punches into the gang.

Donno later informed Italian information company Adnkronos that he “got close” to Calderoli, in an try handy him the flag and “nothing else.”

“Then, chaos ensued,” Donno mentioned. “I didn’t just get kicked several times, I also received a very strong blow to my sternum, and I collapsed because I could no longer breathe.”

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Donno mentioned the incident scared him and that he was handled by docs in hospital.

Legislative brawls have a protracted historical past of taking part in out in parliaments world wide.

In Taiwan, lawmakers have thrown punches, chairs, eggs and water balloons throughout bouts of parliamentary violence. In 2020, legislators threw pig hearts, intestines and lungs by the air after the ruling occasion determined to permit imports of U.S. pork that contained the additive ractopamine.

Ukraine additionally has a protracted historical past of parliamentary brawling, with fights breaking out over private issues, home points and worldwide issues. In 2017, Uganda’s parliament was taken off the air after a brawl broke out between lawmakers who hurled chairs at one another as they fought over President Yoweri Museveni’s efforts to increase his rule.

Stefano Pitrelli contributed to this report.

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