This music video is called Earth & Fire – Ruby is the One.
Italian women to stage anti-Berlusconi rallies …
Rome, February 11 – Women will take to the streets of Italy’s cities on Sunday calling on Premier Silvio Berlusconi to resign after prosecutors this week requested he be sent to trial for allegedly using an underage prostitute.
The protesters say evidence leaked from the probe into Berlusconi allegedly paying for sex with a then-17 Moroccan belly dancer called Ruby show the 74-year-old premier has little respect for female dignity.
They say wiretaps published in the media suggest he surrounded himself at parties at his home with starlets and other women hoping to use their looks to gain positions in politics or at Berlusconi’s Mediaset TV empire.
”The Ruby case has revealed a system of political selection based on an exchange of sex and power,” said Iaia Caputo of the organising committee of the protests, entitled ”If Not Now, When?”, also the title of a famous Primo Levi novel.
”If we accept this as normal, we risk prejudicing the free choice of women.
”We want to send a message to the country and to the parties that do not see themselves a part of what has happened over the last few weeks – it’s possible to change route”.
Berlusconi’s cabinet features a former show girl, Equal Opportunities Minister Mara Carfagna.
One of the people under investigation in the Ruby probe, the premier’s former dental hygienist Nicole Minetti – another showgirl who allegedly procured prostitutes for parties at Berlusconi’s home – is a Lombardy regional councilor for his People of Freedom (PdL) party. …
One of the biggest ”If Not Now, When?” events will take place in Milan, where comedienne Paola Cortellesi, actress Franca Rame and publisher Inge Feltrinelli are set to join in.
Men will not be excluded from the protests.
There will also be other protests for and against Berlusconi in various parts of Italy all weekend. A preliminary hearings judge is not expected to announce before Monday or Tuesday whether she has granted the prosecutors’ request to send the Ruby case to trial. If approved, the trial would start around Easter, legal experts say.