Nina De Chiffre’s smooch may have been anything but loving — ‘I would hang all these disgusting pigs upside down,’ says the student. Now, rather than any courtship, she may wind up in court.
A photograph showing a female demonstrator kissing an Italian policeman hailed as a symbolic image of peace in the country could end up with the puckering protestor in court for sexually assaulting an officer.
The snap — taken during protests against a rail link in the north of Italy last month — showed Nina De Chiffre kissing the visor of the policeman.
The photo of the kissing 20-year-old went viral and was applauded in Italy as a great example of non-violent protest.
But no longer - because the Italian police union has lodged a complaint of sexual assault against the student, reported La Repubblica newspaper. "We have accused the protester of sexual violence and insulting a public official," said Franco Maccari, the union's general secretary. "We fully expect an investigation to start."
"If the policeman had kissed her, world war three would have broken out. Or what if I had patted her on the behind? She would have been outraged. So if she does that to a man on duty, should it be tolerated?"
But it seems that De Chiffre was also more confrontational than she seemed in the picture.