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Anti-austerity protest in Rome turns violent

April 12, 2014

ROME (AP) — An anti-austerity protest has turned violent when demonstrators threw bottles, eggs and firecrackers at police. At least one demonstrator was injured.

An Associated Press photographer saw one demonstrator with a bloody hand, which appeared to have been injured by a firecracker.

Police brought the crowd under control using tear gas, and were rounding up demonstrators suspected of violence.

The protest march Saturday was organized against high housing costs and joblessness as a result of Italy’s long economic slowdown. The procession made its way peacefully through central Rome until a more violent element wearing helmets started throwing objects at police near the Labor Ministry.

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