Sunday, October 16, 2011

Update: Damage from Violent Protesters in Rome Estimated at US$1.4 Million

As a follow-up to my posting yesterday (October15) about the violent anti-capitalist protests in Rome on Saturday, Mayor Gianni Alemanno told reporters today that the repairs to public buses, streets and sidewalks will cost at least euro1 million (US$1.4 million).

Hooded protesters infiltrated a march yesterday in the Italian capital by tens of thousands of peaceful protesters worried about the suffering caused by the global financial crisis.

COMMENT: Unfortunately, some 2,000 protests, who can only be described as anarchists, and wearing gas masks, ripped up historic cobblestones and slabs of sidewalk to hurl at police and buildings, and smashed windows with hammers. Police battled back with water hoses and tear gas. Protesters also stormed into a church, tore a crucifix off the wall and smashed a statue of the Virgin Mary.

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