Police use tear gas, water cannon as protests go violent in Rome

Police use tear gas, water cannon as protests go violent in Rome
# 15 October 2011 18:35 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. Protest against economic inequality and austerity measures in Rome spiralled out of control on Saturday, and police have used tear gas and water cannon to disperse the protesters, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

Hundreds of thousands of people turned to the street in Rome, galvanized by the "Occupy Wall Street" movement in the United States to vent their dissatisfaction with the economic conditions.

The mood around the San Jiovanni square turned ugly when protesters torch cars and smashed windows. Large columns of smoke could be seen far away from the square.

At least a dozen or so police cars were seen passing through the area.

Witnesses said angry students have torn down railings and advertisement signs by the streets. They armed themselves with the iron bars obtained at the site to force their ways forward.

At the Colosseum, one of the greatest works of Roman architecture, the police went into clashes with protesting students, and the youngsters attacked the policemen with stones.
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