Italian anti-austerity protesters clash with police


Naomi O’Leary
Reuters
October 19, 2013

Demonstrators clashed with Italian police on Saturday as tens of thousands marched through Rome to protest against unemployment, government cuts and big construction projects they say take money away from social services.

Hooded protesters turned over garbage bins in front of the economy ministry and set several of them on fire. Police in riot gear charged, chasing demonstrators up side streets to keep them away from the ministry.

Several hooded demonstrators, who threw smoke bombs, eggs and bottles at the ministry and broke the window of a nearby bank, were taken away by police.

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