October 19, 2011
“We have to spend our own money when we move around Italy for work. The cuts meant we can’t afford riot shields for policemen who are defending public order,” AFP quoted Filippo Girella, leader of the General Labor Union (UGL), as saying on Tuesday.
Girella referred to the 2010’s EUR 80 million fuel and maintenance budget, which has now been reduced by half.
A statement released by the protesters explained that “the cuts are so bad that we have to save our resources in order to buy fuel,” prompting the demonstrators to ask for donation from passers-by in order to pay for petrol for their police cars.
Meanwhile, clashes between police officers and anti-corporatism protesters in Rome on Saturday left more than 130 people injured.