A local government official near Milan has become the latest hate figure for Italians fed up with arrogant, corrupt politicians after he slashed the tyres of a disabled driver who dared to report him for parking his Jaguar in a disabled spot.
Antonio Piazza, a member of Silvio Berlusconi’s People of Freedom party, parked his car in the spot outside his office in Lecco for three years and was incensed when police officers finally fined him €80 ($A101) and made him move his car to make space for disabled driver Giuseppe Scuderi to park his Renault.
Half an hour later, after the police had left, Piazza returned with a knife and slashed Scuderi’s two front tyres, forgetting he was being filmed by CCTV, before later repenting and offering to fix them.
The episode caps a series of scandals at local government level in Italy, stretching from Piedmont to Sicily, which have caused public faith in municipal and regional politicians to plummet.
Piazza at first tried to appeal against his parking fine, claiming he had given a lift to a disabled person, but has now grudgingly resigned from his job running a regional housing agency under pressure from his party, claiming ”I made a mistake, but there are people who behave even worse.”
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