Italy anti-austerity protest ends in violent clashes

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Demonstrators clash with policemen during a protest against austerity measures in downtown Rome April 12, 2014. REUTERS

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

According to the interior ministry, six people were taken into custody, and one protester was seriously hurt after a firecracker apparently exploded prematurely in his hand.
Made up of workers, students and anti-austerity campaigners, the demonstration, which was against high housing costs and unemployment attracted 15,000 according to protest organisers.
Taking aim at 39-year-old Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his plans to reform labour rules, protesters were angry over plans to make it easier for companies to hire and fire employees.
Source: Agencies

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