Monday, December 14, 2009

Italian Prime Minister Attacked with Souvenir

Its not often souvenir buildings are in the news and its shocking that one has been used as a weapon. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was hit in the face with a small souvenir replica of the Doumo di Milano, the city's central cathedral. The attacker, a graphic designer named MassimoTartaglia who has a history of mental problems, was quickly taken away by police after he threw the statuette at the Italian leader's face. Berlusconi was assaulted in Milan as he signed autographs on Sunday in front of Milan's Duomo. He was bleeding profusely from his left upper lip, cheek and may have a broken nose and two damaged teeth. The replica of the cathedral, famous for its Gothic spires, was initially said to be made of metal but later reports suggested it was plaster. UPDATE: News continues about the souvenir building attack on Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Building Collector reader Carol D. sent me this link with a Reuters video update about the souvenir throwing event. In the video, people are reportedly stopping by souvenir stands in Milan to check the weight of the building replica to gage its potential damage. "Sales of this souvenir have never been better," said the reporter. The photos below are some of the souvenir building replicas of the Doumo di Milano Cathedral currently for sale in the Italian city.

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