No hope, no vote…

April 13, 2008

As Italians began trickling to the polls to vote in the general election on Sunday, some protested to show their disillusionment with politics.

Angry at plans to build a landfill site nearby, one group of young Neapolitans  gathered 600 election identification cards and sent them to the Italian president instead of using them to vote.

“I’m not going to vote because I don’t feel represented by the institutions and because there is no-one that worries about preserving our rights,” group member Sebastian Perrone told the Ansa news agency

Another angry Neapolitan took an even more novel approach: he ate his ballot form at the polling booth.People wait to vote in polling station in Rome

Finally, motorists on the A14 highway in Italy were greeted on Sunday morning by two large banners spray painted with the words : “Enough with politics, We want colonels!” They were quickly taken down by police.

A popular “anti-politics” movement led by figures like comedian Beppe Grillo has swept up about 6 to 8 percent of voters, estimates the pollster Luigi Crespi. He estimates the number of blank ballots will nearly triple to about 1 million during the April 13-14 election from about 400,000 in the last parliamentary election two years ago.

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Posted by Even While Protesting, for Italians, It’s All About Eating: | Report as abusive

Good for you compatriots of Italy. As an American I am faced with the same dilemma. No Hope With The Vote! I will never vote again. We live under a shadow government and political parties are a joke.

Posted by Richard Neva | Report as abusive