Article is from this Italian News site
and is an original translation by Par0 with much thanks.
[Editor: There are a couple of odd sentences we can’t quite figure out which will be marked in red. Once we get what they are, they will be fixed]
Boldrini, Queen of the armored cars
The lady of the House guarded by 2 cars, and a third part-time “I’m not afraid to walk alone.” She also gets protection on the Web
And to think she did not even want to be escorted, the most protected politician in Italy. “I asked not to have guards. I’m not afraid to walk around Rome. I’m not afraid to go from home to office. Anything can happen at any time but this applies to anyone “Thus spoke the House speaker, Laura Boldrini, at the time of her establishment at Montecitorio. Four months later, to accompany her every move, there is the most imposing security apparatus that Casta can recall: two armored cars, BMW 5 series, and a third in charge of inspections (the so-called “advances”), for a total of twelve men per day, 24 over 24 hours. And if that were not enough, the home of the third most important position in the State is monitored also by a fourth unmarked car.
But, you know, prevention is better than cure. And so, according to rumors coming from the offices of the House, the would-be presidentess had installed, in defense of her apartment, an inviolable security system, reinforced by a number of cameras positioned in strategic places, starting with the building next door, where they are renovating. The precautions are never too many.
In addition to the “gorilla” and the carousel drive, to accompany her often there is an officer or director of the Inspectorate of the House. A new entry that has not gone unnoticed in the corridors of power as well as Roman did not go unnoticed to the accountants of the House’ overall spending.
The system of defense of President Boldrini, in fact, is among the most expensive in recent legislatures. Apart from overtime and wages, the retinue of bodyguards costs 40 Euros per day allowance plus expenses for restaurants (and there is a cap on the account), and hotels, also 4 stars. Benefits that are prohibited for all the other towns, policemen, even those engaged in delicate investigations and drug mafia in the underworld. For them — wanting to mention the publicity of a famous brand of rum — the worst bar in Caracas may be enough.
But there’s more. Even the predecessors of Boldrini continue to benefit from the status symbol. Pier Ferdinando Casini can count on an escort car service of five more policemen (still waiting to go to the inspection service of the Senate); Fausto Bertinotti, two men over the car; the same goes for Gianfranco Fini (as we are reminded on the opposite page about the Hyena Filippo Roma).
Yet every so often, in glossy magazines and accompanying interviews, we see photos depicting the Boldrini walking in the street, alone, a pawn between pedestrians, apparently far away from escorts and cars armored. Error. The bodyguards follow her on sight, distancing just a little ‘but very ready to intervene, an invisible protection to the circle that does so much anti-caste and is an excellent strategy of political communication, as in the morning, when she goes to have breakfast at the bar close to home.
In addition, Boldrini does not know it, but when she went to the funeral of a couple who committed suicide because of the economic crisis, in the Marche region, only the speed and reflexes of the escort prevented the extremely noisy protest from degenerating. Her escort wanted to give up — but then enlarged dramatically — and has protected her with professionalism and brought her back to Rome safely. Now a gem. On the occasion of the funeral of Civitanova, to shield them from an agent he was sentenced (the offense was then prescribed) to the facts of Diaz. Dante would call the retaliation of the President: the political weblog SEL, more than any other party that lynched the police of Genoa raising (with a dedication of a classroom in Parliament) to sign the young Carlo Giuliani, saved in Civitanova from bad cops .
But the dangers are everywhere: on the streets and on the internet cables. Laura Boldrini is in fact the first (and only) Italian politician to demand an entire team of agents all for her, and only her, who watch the web, unleashed on the trail of those who dare to make fun with cartoons, jokes and teasing satirical. He knows something about this, that journalist of Fondi who, for sharing on FB a photomontage of a fake Boldrini topless, found Digos and postal police in his apartment searching through his possessions. Anyway, she is consistent, the lady of the House. She said that “if the web is real life, and it is, if it produces real effects and produces them, then we can no longer consider what is happening on the Net less important than what happens on the street.” Thus, in addition to the bodyguards in the flesh, she has obtained (prompting grumbling and irritation from several in the House for this centralized management of men Inspectorate) also a virtual team of six experts on the Internet and its dealings, day and night to defend the ‘honor and reputation of her office in the Chamber of Deputies.’
Simone Di Meo; and Matthew Vincenzoni
[editor: A lot of the article above is ‘insider baseball’ or references to people who understand Italian culture etc. which may be alien to the rest of us.
Below is an explanation and a series of links that offer the events which Italians would understand and make sense of the paragraph in red in the article above:
On the occasion of the funeral in Civitanova she was protected by a policeman sentenced for the raid against the Leftists entrenched in the Armanda Diaz School. Dante would call this the Punishment of the Presidentessa : The high-ranking politician, from the political party that lynched the police force of Genova implicated in the raid and then elevated as a symbol of the resistance the anti-globalization protester Carlo Giuliani shot dead while attacking a police officer during the same raid, was now protected by the “bad cop”
I had to leave out the “limitation of the sentence” = ( “prescritto” in the Italian text ) and the fact that a room in the Italian parliament was named in honour of Carlo Giuliani the anarchist killed in the Diaz school in Genova ….
those articles on wikipedia can help to understand the cultural shortcuts used by the Italian journalist
2001 Raid on Armando Diaz : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2001_Raid_on_Armando_Diaz
Death of Carlo Giuliani : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Carlo_Giuliani
Use of the word contrapasso in the style of Dante : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contrapasso
This material provided by Anonymous]
The left is always ready to risk our lives while hiding behind large numbers of armed bodyguards.