ROME (Reuters) – Hundreds of hooded, masked protesters rampaged through Rome in some of the worst violence in the Italian capital for years Saturday, torching cars and breaking windows during a larger peaceful protest against elites blamed for economic downturn.
Police repeatedly fired tear gas and water cannon in attempts to disperse them but the clashes with a minority of violent demonstrators stretched into the evening, hours after tens of thousands of people in Rome joined a global “day of rage” against bankers and politicians.
Several protestors I spoke to were angry about the violence ruining their rally #rome #OccupyRome
State tv reporting still some small clashes, but rome has largely quietened down #ingidnati #15ORoma #OccupyRome
Area around piazza san giovanni has calmed down, but looks like a disaster zone #OccupyRome #indignati
#Berlusconi says rioters in rome must be punished #OccupyRome #indignati
#Berlusconi survives, as expected. Will this fire up protesters taking to streets in rome tomm? #governo
ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Thursday called a confidence vote on his government, saying a collapse of his center-right coalition now would be catastrophic for the country and its economy.
Under pressure over corruption and sex scandals and facing criticism for his center-right government’s erratic handling of the economic crisis, Berlusconi has accused the left-wing opposition of “obsessively” seeking to drive him from office.
ROME (Reuters) – The Italian judge who presided over Amanda Knox’s murder appeal has told local media the American student may have been guilty but had to be acquitted because of doubts over evidence linking her to the killing of Meredith Kercher in 2007.
Knox, 24, flew home to a hero’s welcome in Seattle on the U.S. west coast on Tuesday after an appeals court in the Italian city of Perugia overturned her 2009 conviction for the murder of her British roommate.
SEATTLE/PERUGIA (Reuters) – Amanda Knox returned home to Seattle on Tuesday, one day after an Italian court cleared the 24-year-old college student of murder and freed her from prison.
A plane carrying Knox, who grew up in the close-knit West Seattle neighborhood where both of her divorced parents still live, landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport shortly after 5 p.m. local time.