MILAN/ROME – A week before the parliamentary elections in Italy have tens of thousands of people Saturday in different cities of the country demonstrated. Significantly more people than expected took part in an anti-fascist demonstration in Rome, despite the bad weather. The protest was peaceful, said a police spokesman in the evening.
The organisers had 25,000 people expected. Prime minister Paolo Gentiloni and his predecessor Matteo Renzi were also a short period of time. According to the ministry of Internal Affairs were there Saturday in the whole country 119 smaller and larger demonstrations were 5,000 security forces deployed.
In Milan filled the leader of the right-wing populist Lega party, Matteo Salvini, the central cathedral square with his supporters. Protests against the right-extreme Casapound, which is also an event in the city was led to clashes between security forces and students, reported the Corriere della Sera. The ministry of the Interior spoke of “isolated and limited tensions.” Also in Palermo, faced with the rise of the right-extreme Forza Nuova, were clashes between right-wing and left-wing protesters feared.
On march 4, choose the Italians to a new parliament. The latest polls saw the centre-right coalition of former premier Silvio Berlusconi and Salvinis League with 36 percent lead. The strongest party with about 28 percent, the Five-star protestpartij. Behind the ruling party PD of prime minister Gentiloni with about 23 percent. Until Friday, the parties may election campaign.