Meet the speaker of the Italian Parliament, Laura Boldrini who now stays in a secret location while running for reelection.
What threats she was exposed to?
- Threatened with rape
- Burned in effigy
- Mocked by a major party leader using an inflatable sex doll
- Received a bullet in a mail
- “Death to Boldrini” announcements on the walls across Italy
One of Boldrini’s opponents in the race for her district in Milan is Berlusconi (81 year-old former prime minister who had a sex scandal)’s divorce lawyer.
“I don’t feel uncomfortable because if I consider what I’ve done in my life, how many scary situations I had to pass through, how could I be scared?”
Critics define her as shrill and unlikeable, and supporters as principled and uncompromising.
“Sometimes I feel that I’m not understood, because the country is not maybe yet ready,” she says. “I’m confronting … I don’t hide myself. I want to challenge you. … The more you attack me, the more you threaten me, the more I have to go ahead.”