From Dutch NOS TV today [25 October 2010]:
Miniskirt ban in Italy creates stir
In the seaside town of Castellammare di Stabia, dozens of women have demonstrated in front of the town hall against a proposal to ban miniskirts.
For readers who think that “dozens” is not much: this is a small conservative town, with few traditions of demonstrating for or against anything.
That’s a plan of the mayor, who wants to teach residents decency. During the demonstration many policemen were deployed.
The mayor also wants a ban on sunbathing in public, on swearing and on playing football in parks.
Premier Berlusconi gave mayors the power to impose such bans to combat anti-social behavior.
If the council agrees, violations of the bans may lead to fines of 25 to 500 euro fines being imposed.
Italian comments on this: here.
How much longer can Berlusconi cling to power? Here.