Giovedì, 18 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Grillo swims Messina Strait to launch electoral campaign

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(ANSA) - Rome, October 10 - The leader of the populist Five
Star Movement (M5S) Beppe Grillo kicked off his electoral
campaign by swimming the Messina Strait connecting the Italian
mainland to the island of Sicily.
Comic and activist Grillo posting on his blog wrote, "I
landed in Sicily! This is the third landing in Sicily in 150
years".
Grillo cited the landing of Italian unification leader
Garibaldi, the Americans during WWII "who brought the Mafia" and
himself as the third.
"But neither Garibaldi or Lucky Luciano swam to Sicily,"
Grillo wrote.
Upon his arrival, Grillo raised his arm and spread his
fingers in the 'V' for victory salute, that can also be
interpreted as an 'f-you' sign in Italy when the hand is turned.
Grillo has spearheaded several national and international
campaigns orbiting around the 'V' sign, including the Vaffa' day
(f-off) calling for the removal of Italian parliament members
who have criminal convictions of any kind from their office.
Grillo told a crowd waiting for his arrival that Italian
Premier Mario Monti "is the liquidator of a company that is
called Italy and that has failed. If the country does not stop
the debt, the debt will stop the country".
"We need to think of a new culture. We are the only
alternative," Grillo, whose party is third in the polls, said.

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