Not only has Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi put 3,000 troops on the streets in Italian cities in order to combat crime after a spate of violent rapes, but he has promised to increase that number “ten-fold” and confront “an evil army” of criminals. However, the billionaire leader said not to expect rape to disappear anytime soon. “We could not field a big enough force to avoid this risk [of rape]. We would need so many soldiers because our women are so beautiful.” Italy’s shadow equality minister said that Berlusconi “ought to refrain from saying offensive things about women,” while the opposition claims he is trying to create a police state.
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