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Italy politics sinks to lows with Grillo's barbs

ROME (AP) - Premier Enric Letta has denounced what he calls `'a slide toward barbarism" in Italian politics.

Letta's comments Monday, during a trip to Doha, Qatar, come amid an online campaign by the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement against the speaker of Parliament's lower house.

A video posted on the popular blog of the 5-Star Movement's founder, Beppe Grillo, depicts Laura Boldrini as a paper cutout who wears a communist symbol, then a fascist black shirt. Boldrini told state TV Sunday that comments accompanying the video were full of `'sexual violence."

Hannes Swoboda, the European parliament's center-left opposition leader, has denounced Grillo and his followers for their `'racist, sexist and rape-glorifying online exchange" about Boldrini.

Grillo supporters also in recent days have attacked a TV interviewer and have long railed against Italy's president.

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