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'Social strike' protestors scale Colosseum, clashes in Milan


Rome, November 14 - There was violence in Milan
and Padua on Friday and a group of demonstrators scaled the
Colosseum in Rome, as thousands of people took to the streets of
Italian cities as part of the so-called social strike protests.
The social strike demonstrations are made up of disparate
groups of protestors.
The Rome protest features members of small unions
protesting against the government's Jobs Act labour reforms and
budget measures, people demanding greater social housing,
students, migrants and refugees.
However, there was also a big rally in Milan staged by
Italy's biggest trade union confederation CGIL, and its
metalworkers' arm FIOM, which is staging a strike in northern
Transport strikes in many parts of the country added to
the disruption for the public.
At the Colosseum a group of around 10 workers from a
private firm climbed up restoration scaffolding and hung a
banner, reading "No Jobs Act and privatization of public
A march in the capital started with eggs and fireworks
being throw at the economy ministry.
A number of police officers were injured in Padua during
clashes outside the northern city's university.
The violence took place when members of the march tried to
make towards the local offices of Premier Matteo Renzi's
centre-left Democratic Party (PD).
In Milan, police fired teargas and charged at students who
had tried to break a police cordon.
The students responded by throwing bottles, flares and
other objects.
In Naples, protestors blocked traffic on the southern
city's ring road.

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