Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Comedian Beppe Grillo expels two activists from M5S movement

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Rome, December 12 - Comedian-turned-activist Beppe
Grillo, famed for his piercing criticism of the Italian
political establishment and for his colorful insults, expelled
two dissident members of his anti-establishment Five Star
Movement (M5S) on Wednesday.
Federica Salsi and Giovanni Favia had accused Grillo of
leading the M5S in an undemocratic way, and their ouster follows
Grillo's dismissal last month of two other M5S activists,
Valentino Tavolazzi and Fabrizio Biole'.
The M5S is not officially a political party, but rather a
web-based movement that has garnered widespread support among
Italian voters.
"Permission to use the Five Star Movement logo has been
withdrawn from Federica Salsi and Giovanni Favia. I ask them to
refrain from referring to me or the M5S in describing their
political activity," said Grillo on his popular blog.
Grillo added, "I hope they continue their brilliant
activities as council members," referring to Salsi's position as
a Bologna city council member and Favia's post on the
Emilia-Romagna regional council.
Salsi responded almost immediately on the website Affari
Italiani.
"Dissent is not part of the design within the movement,"
Salsi said.
"Paradoxically the (Italian political) parties, with all
the disasters they've brought upon this country, are more
controllable by citizens than Grillo or Casaleggio," Salsi
added, making reference to the comedian and M5S co-founder,
Italian Internet entrepreneur Gianroberto Casaleggio.

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