Dear friends of the blog,

Fazio has accepted our request, that you can read here below.

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Thank you,
Beppe Grillo

The appeal was published in La Repubblica on 1 September 2005 on page 18.


A month has passed since the newspapers published the text of the telephone calls between the Governor of the Bank of Italy and certain Italians in the hierarchy of the Antonveneta Bank. A month has passed since the international community has had proof from the living mouth of the Governor, that in Italy concepts like capitalism, the market and free competition are fictitious.

The “umpire” Antonio Fazio is playing in one of the teams on the field, the Banca Popolare Italiana di Lodi. The other, ABN Amro, has no saints in Paradise, and so lost the game even before they started to play. The umpire, Fazio (with the help of his wife) looks after Gianpiero Fiorani from Lodi, invites him to The Bank of Italy (by the back door) throws away the negative reports prepared by his own internal inspectors, reports which discuss his friend from Lombardy (Lodi is in Lombardy). The same suspect is also testing his wings in other hierarchies, like that of Unipol, BNL, and that of the “crafty ones in the neighbourhood” Ricucci & Co. at the RCS- Corriere della sera.

Behind the screen of an anachronistic and chauvinistic defence of “Italian-ness” in the Banks, Fazio has made Italy seem ridiculous and untrustworthy in the eyes of the world. As long as we allow an “umpire” like this to remain at his post, no one will ever come to invest in Italy. But at the same time, a good chunk of the Government defends Fazio & Co. A good chunk of the opposition mumbles and tiptoes around. Hundreds of entrepreneurs and bankers keep quiet, even though they are always keen to explain the virtue of a free market, with the praiseworthy exception of the President of the Confindustria, (Employers’ Organisation) Luca di Montezemolo and a few others.

The Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi announced a law to prevent people intercepting information about financial crimes and to imprison those journalists who publish intercepts that have already happened. Fazio is still at his post and has no intention of leaving it. In fact, it appears that he has asked for an internal inspection against the inspectors of the Bank of Italy who did their duty by opposing his manoeuvres and telling the judges the truth.

The blog, in the name of thousands of citizens, with an act of self-financing direct democracy, asks the Governor, Fazio, to go home. A man like that cannot and must no longer hold such a crucial position. We require that he desists from discrediting Italy and the Italians by maintaining his presence at the Bank of Italy.

Main Shareholders of the Bank of Italy (90.17%).

Gruppo Intesa (26,81%)
Gruppo San Paolo IMI (17,44%)
Gruppo Capitalia (11,15%)
Gruppo Unicredito Italiano (10,97%)
Gruppo Assicurazioni Generali (6,33%)
INPS (5%)
Banca Carige (3,96%)
Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (2,83%)
Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena (2,50%)
Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze (1,85%)
RAS-Riunione Adriatica di Sicurtà (1,33%)

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