Berlusconi struck by protester

12/14/2009 | · BBC

After delivering a speech to a rally for his center-right party and supporters, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi suffered a strike to his face by a 42-year-old protester with a history of mental illness. The blow stunned the Italian leader, and fractured his nose and cracked two teeth. The man, who was able to approach Berlusconi as the Prime Minister shook hands with supporters, was wielding a small statue of a Milanese cathedral. Berlusconi remains in the hospital, taking painkillers and antibiotics.

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