The Independent
October 17, 2011

Italian police raided suspected anarchists across the country today following the Rome riots.

Homes and youth centres used by extremists in cities including Florence, Palermo and Ancona were targeted.

Six people were detained, along with the seizure of gas masks, ski masks and other gear used by rioters as protection from tear gas and to hide their faces.

Interior Ministry under-secretary Alfredo Mantovano dismissed criticism that police were not tough enough against the several hundred rioters on Saturday who used clubs and sledgehammers to smash bank cash machines and store windows, torched police and private vehicles and hurled rocks. Police battled back with tear gas, water cannon and batons.

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