Protests erupt over appointment in Pisa of a man who stalked his former partner

The new mayor of Pisa has appointed a Councillor of Culture who stalked his former partner. A petition -- which has reached 30,000 signatures in a few days -- calls for his removal from office. But so far there has been no reaction from the mayor.

Ingrid Colanicchia
Ingrid Colanicchia MicroMega, Italy
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Andrea Buscemi, Wikimedia Commons

Why this story matters:

Andrea Buscemi is an actor and director accused of stalking by his former partner. In the first trial the judge acquitted him because "the fact does not constitute a crime" but the judges of the Court of Appeals changed the first verdict. They verified that the facts had occurred and that those facts had become statute-barred under Italian law, which doesn't mean his actions don't constitute a crime, but that too much time has passed between the ievents and the trial. In Italy, for this kind of crime the period of time is 7 years and 6 months, so the judges could not proceed against him but they condemned him to pay damages to his accuser (and two witnesses in his trial, whom he threatened so they wouldn't testify, have obtained a restraining order against him).

This is the curriculum vitae of the Lega Nord politician who was appointed as Councillor of Culture for the City of Pisa.

We are facing a paradox. Politicians who have come into power by promising, among other things, to keep women safe -- from the "threat of migrants" -- nominated a man who stalked his former partner.

This appointment is a slap in the face to all women victims of male violence.

This is why the House of Women of Pisa has launched a petition -- which has rapidly reached 30,000 signatures -- to demand Buscemi's removal from office. But the mayor has failed to react so far.

Details from the story:

  • In the administrative elections of June 24 in Pisa, a historically leftist area, the candidate of Lega, Forza Italia and Fratelli d'Italia, Michele Conti, defeated the center-left candidate, Andrea Serfogli, who led a coalition made up of the Democratic Party and three civic lists.
  • On July 3, the newly appointed magistrate presented his list of appointments: Andrea Buscemi was named Councillor of Culture.
  • He was accused of stalking by his former partner and the Court of Appeals of Florence sentenced him on May 30, 2017: the facts had become statute-barred under Italian law but the judges condamned him to pay damages to his accuser.
  • A Change.org petition protesting his nomination has been signed by over 30,000 people in 5 days.
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