Protests in Rome turn violent as demonstrators attack economy ministry

At least 100 protesters in hoods and motorcycle helmets attacked the Italian economy ministry in Rome on Saturday after a march against austerity turned violent.

Protesters with masks over their faces hurled flares, bottles and thunder flashes at a line of police guarding the entrance to the government building.

They beat the plastic shields of the police with sticks and poles. Police then charged the crowds, scattering them down side streets where they set fire to rubbish bins.

“This is just the start,” said one masked young man.

Source and full story: The Telegraph, 19 October 2013

Tom Sullivan