The controversial right-wing Italian Prime Minister was hit in the face and knocked to the ground while signing autographs in the crowd. The incident took place in the wake of a public speech in Milan.
A 42-year-old man called Massimo Tartaglia (see photo below) was immediately apprehended and taken to a police station.
First reports suggest Silvio Berlusconi lost a copious amount of blood and suffered nasal septal fracture as well as at least two broken teeth. He's going to be kept under observation for at least 24 hours.
Witnesses report the afternoon had been tense, with Berlusconi further inflaming the situation as he repeatedly shouted "vergognatevi" (rough translation "be ashamed of yourselves") at a group of protesters in the crowd .
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