11 MPs suspended after brawl in Parliament

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Eleven Members of Parliament (MPs) have been suspended, receiving penalties ranging from two to 15 days, following a brawl in Parliament on Wednesday.

The confrontation erupted as the Lower House was debating the government’s controversial ‘differentiated autonomy‘ bill. This bill would allow regions to request greater control over the allocation of tax revenues collected in their areas, a move critics argue will exacerbate the north-south divide.

The altercation reached a peak when M5S MP Leonardo Donno attempted to hand an Italian flag to Regional Affairs and Autonomy Minister Roberto Calderoli, triggering a reaction from MPs of the governing coalition.

Video footage shows a male MP attempting to throw punches during the incident. Donno was knocked to the ground and subsequently had to be removed from the chamber in a wheelchair.

Donno later reported that he was unharmed after undergoing medical tests and accused League MP Igor Iezzi of punching him in the face. Iezzi denied landing any punches, despite admitting he attempted to throwing a few. Iezzi received the longest suspension of 15 days, while Donno was suspended for four days.

Additional suspensions include three members of Premier Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy (FdI) party, a League MP, and a Democratic Party (PD) lawmaker, each receiving a week’s suspension. Two other League MPs were suspended for three days, and two PD members received two-day suspensions.

Rally in protest over brawl in Parliament

In response to the brawl, opposition parties including the M5S, PD, the Green-Left Alliance (AVS), and More Europe have organised a protest rally in Rome for next Tuesday.

The parties issued a statement condemning the “physical attack by the ruling majority in Parliament” and called for a united front to protect national unity and cohesion, urging citizens, political, social groups, and democratic forces to join their mobilization.

PD Secretary Elly Schlein also criticised Premier Meloni, suggesting she is “aware of fascism in her party” and should have explicitly declared herself anti-Fascist.

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