Yesterday I accounted on the important demonstration Italian women held in many towns.
Today, I will give you some more data.
Success was beyond any expectation.
Nearly 280 demonstrations took place in Italy, in parallel.
According to the data, more than one million people participated.
Women, of course, but men participation was extensive, too. The quest for dignity, and a new way of making policy, are really for all people.
What in my view has distinguished this demonstration from the many occurred in Italy was one important detail: not an act of violence occurred.
Preparation was made possible by the Internet, with some parallel initiatives going on from approximately one month in preparation. One of these has been to replace one's own Facebook image with that of a woman who helped to change our world, or gave a visible example of dignity and worth beyond the depressing stereotype so visible in Italy.
The initiative was transversal, speaking to women as human being, not as left or right-wing supporters. Besides, that of "supporting" a political party, acritically, giving loyalty before having seen all the proposals, the people and the whole evolution is something extraneous to "feminine" relatedness ideal - something the demonstration has shown visibly, and a point for reconstructing a community out of the disgregated, conflictual panorama in Italy.
After one day we can count reactions from politicians and press.
As I imagined, they are quite different. Some, both left- and right-wing, showed appreciation and understanding. Significantly, mr. Berlusconi's was contrary - not entirely surprising, since many of the slogans by protesters invited him to dismiss. His remark, however, looked me less vehement than his usual bilious utterances: he accused the hit, I feel.
(My reply to him next on Pulsewire, and in my Itaiian Facebook page).
Overall, a start!
A bit of fresh air, after a long season of grey, Soviet Union like dullness.
Of course, this is only the beginning.