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Anti-Austerity Protesters Clash with Police in Rome

Image: Demonstrators fight with policemen during a protest in downtown Rome
Demonstrators fight with policemen during a protest in downtown Rome on April 12. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI / Reuters

Thousands gathered in Rome on Saturday to protest against austerity measures and plans for economic reform. The demonstration turned violent when a group of protesters threw rocks, eggs, and firecrackers at riot police. The police charged the group with batons and used pepper spray against the crowd.

Above, demonstrators fight with policemen during a protest in downtown Rome on Saturday.

Image: A demonstrator is detained by policemen during a protest in downtown Rome
A demonstrator is detained by policemen during a protest in downtown Rome on April 12. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI / Reuters