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Date TimeFebruary 24, 2018
VoiceVIOLENCE has broken out on the streets of Italy as riot police clash with protestors in a series of demonstrations in Pisa and Milan with marches expected in Rome this afternoon.

In the early hours of this morning an anti-fascist group targeted Milan sparking clashes with police.
Clad in riot gear, officers grappled with protestors who descended on a monument in a town square.
According to local media, the group then started a march that went from the castle to the cathedral.
The protesters brandished a banner saying "Partisan yesterday, today anti-fascists".
The clashes come as last night activists turned to violence in Pisa with a demonstration against Lega leader Matteo Salvini, who was speaking at a public square.
Protestors threw glass bottles and knocked over police officers yesterday as violence broke out in Italy during a terrifying attempt to silence a leading anti-EU political figure, ahead of the Italian elections next week.
Another demonstration by right-wing Fratelli d'Italia (Brothers of Italy), led by party co-founder Giorgia Meloni, departed from Via Padova in the city.
More than a hundred activitsts waved a 200m long Italaian flag, and chanted "Reconquer our roads!”.
Italian election: Chaos on the streets of Italy as riot police CLASH with antifascists
Italian election: Chaos on the streets of Italy as riot police CLASH with antifascists
Italian election: Chaos on the streets of Italy as riot police CLASH with antifascists
This afternoon a series of marches are planned in Rome, with more than 20,000 people expected to attend.
A bleak economic forecast and growing immigration concerns have resulted in toxic election campaigns for the upcoming vote amid fears of a revival of neo-fascist sentiment.
Ahead of the clashes police commissioner Guido Marino said: “We have two objectives - guarantee a high standard of counter-terrorism prevention and prevent violent groups from infiltrating the marches with negative consequences for order and security.”
Tensions have escalated ahead of the national election in two weeks time, as right-wing Lega Nord Matteo Salvini has pledged large scale deportation of refugees.
He vowed to deport 500,000 migrants within five years if his party wins the election – including 100,000 in the first year.

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