15 Oct '11, 9pm

Rome riots injure 70

Rome riots injure 70

ROME: A Rome square turned into a battle field on Saturday as riot police fired tear gas and water cannon jets on hundreds of stone-throwing protesters in clashes that left 70 injured and led to 12 arrests. Groups of peaceful protesters could be seen huddling on the steps of St John Lateran basilica for shelter as the urban battle raged in front of them. Adding to the chaos, the flow of traffic through the busy hub was not blocked off and cars could be seen driving erratically through the square. Stones were thrown at a Ferrari and a Mercedes stranded in the clashes. In surrounding streets protesters torched cars, smashed banks and set light to a military building forcing a retired general and his wife to evacuate. "Shame! Shame!" some shouted at the police, as others tried to make their way out of police lines around the square with their hands in the air. "This is disgus...

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