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Italy rocked by protests over new coronavirus restrictions

Christian Fernsby |
Protests broke out in cities across Italy last night, in some cases turning violent, as the nation's new restrictions to battle the second wave of coronavirus came into force.

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Topics: ITALY   

Hundreds of protestors took to the streets in Milan, the capital of the northern Lombardy region hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, leading to clashes with police who responded with tear gas, reports Italian news agency ANSA.

Protests in the northern city of Turin, which began peacefully with taxi drivers highlighting their loss of income, descended into violence, with protesters smashing shops, including a Gucci boutique, and looting in the central Via Roma.

Demonstrations took place in other northern cities including Genoa, Treviso and Trieste.

Protests continued last night in Naples, which was the scene of violent clashes in recent days, with demonstrations and clashes also in the Sicilian cities of Catania, Palermo and Siracusa.