Last 13thof June was a big day for Italy, a real breakthrough in the history of the Second Republic. 57% of Italians voted in a referendum and said no to the re-introduction of nuclear power, to Berlusconi’s legalized judicial immunity and to the privatization of water. The Italian people finally opposed to the deleterious policy of Berlusconi’s government. And the significance of this event makes me upset. Let me explain.
The results of the referendum were with no doubt exceptional but this is not the post-referendum I expected. The 13 of June was a day of big celebration in Italy but it rather had to be a day of anger, rebellion and protests. Let’s face it. The results of the referendum were undoubtedly a political sign, despite the claims of Antonio Di Pietro, the only party leader who supported the referendum from the very beginning. Voting “yes” meant more than abrogation for many people. The hope in a future without nuclear power, private water and protection from prosecution to Berlusconi, overlapped with a desire for change after a 17-year lethargy.
For this reason the referendum could have been the inception of a new era. After last local elections, which brought hope in the whole country after the victory of center-left candidates in Milan and Naples, the referendum could have been the right chance to get rid of the worst government in the entire West. I’m not talking of a revolution. I’m talking of the citizens, taking the streets to shout their anger against a political system that has been destroying the country for 17 years. I’m talking of the Democratic Party, the main opposition party, leading this widespread desire for change as soon as possible, since the Italians tend to fall asleep too easily.
But Massimo D’Alema, Democratic Party member, in the moment when his party could have finally driven the change, proposed an absurd alliance with the UDC, a catholic party that has distinguished itself for its “bipartisan” spirit. “A real theft of hope”, said Luca Telese, journalist of Il Fatto Quotidiano. After the referendum, Pierluigi Bersani, Democratic Party leader, has demanded Berlusconi’s resignation many times. However, he should know that Berlusconi will never leave as he has no ideals but only personal concerns. The Democratic Party’s could have given the coup de grace to this government, for example leading massive protests in the whole country.
Berlusconi’s government had never been so weak before. But, as usual, the Democratic Party didn’t want to be outdone.