Hard days for Grillo

In Italy it is usually said that being the opposition is easy: you don’t have to do anything, you just have to criticize the Government and the public will cheer.

Mr Beppe Grillo, the leader of the Five Stars Movement, wouldn’t agree, however.

Last week, he staged a massive event at the Circus Maximus in Rome, but he was criticized for an allegedly opaque management of funds and donations, and it is still unclear whether or not the Circus was really full. Moreover, a young activist staged a protest against him, something nearly unthinkable in a praetorian organization like the Five Stars Movement.

This week, he visited Genoa – the city where he lives – after the flooding but was booed, and the European Parliament dissolved the grouping he had controversially created together with the United Kingdom Independence Party.

Yesterday Mr Marco Fabbri, the Mayor of Comacchio, after having been expelled by the Movement accused Mr Grillo of turning it into a “fascist” organization. The Five Stars Movement has a well-established yet controversial practice of expelling members for alleged violations of its draconian internal rules.


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