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"One million women say: Berlusconi out," headlines La Repubblica, in the wake of the "Se non ora, quando" ("If not now, when…") initiative on 13 February. In reponse to a call from gender equality campaigners and the "Purple People" movement, which Il Cavaliere has described as “politically motivated”, protesters took to the streets in 230 towns across Italy to demand respect for female dignity and the resignation of the Italian premier who is embroiled in numerous sex scandals and charged with soliciting underage prostitutes. Writing in the Roman daily, feminist Natalia Aspesi hails the demonstration, and "the sudden reawakening of a population which appeared to be resigned to silently endure […] the commodification of women and the degeneration of an entire country."