Three topless feminists lunged at Italy's Silvio Berlusconi as he arrived at a polling station in Milan to vote in a general election on Sunday, an AFP reporter at the scene said.
The young women had the slogan "Basta Berlusconi" ("Enough With Berlusconi") scrawled on their backs.
They were quickly detained by police and dragged away screaming in a chaotic scene as ordinary people also queued to vote at the school.
Police struggled to put their jackets and handcuffs on the women as they writhed in the snow.
The feminists broke through a line of journalists outside the polling station and jumped over some tables toward Berlusconi but did not reach him.
The scandal-tainted Berlusconi is leading a centre-right coalition in the election and polls indicate he will come second to the centre-left.