Monday, February 16, 2009
Mr. Berlusconi Causes Uproar in Reggio
Calabrians have gone up in arms because, Silvio Berlusconi (Italian Prime Minister) has requested that the Riace Bronzes should be taken from the National Museum and displayed at the G8 summit this summer, at La Maddalena, a tiny island off Sardinia.
For the uninitiated these bronze statues were fished out of the sea in 1972 and are the source of immense Calabrian pride. They were also stopped from appearing in the Olympics in 2004.
A Facebook group has also been formed aptly titled "Hands off the Riace Bronzes."