Violent clashes broke out in Reggio Calabria in southern Italy again today for the ninth successive day.
Violent clashes broke out in Reggio Calabria in southern Italy again today for the ninth successive day. Angry demonstrators clashed with police and several policemen were injured. Police used tear can to control the crowds.
Altogether some 6,000 troops and police are in Reggio and the surrounding area. Police have been controlling the city by day but ??? night falls the demonstrators take over again. Late tonight they were blocking roads with burning barricades.
The controversy over whether Ruggio or the smaller town of Catanzaro should be capital of the newly formed Calabria region has raged since July last year. Catanzaro has been named provisional capital. In the last six months the clashes have cost four lives with scored of demonstrators and police injured. Eight police were hart in today's clashes.
In the last few days the Caterina dock area and the working class Sabarre district have been the main centres of unrest.
Demonstrators hurled sticks, stones, fire bombs and other missiles at police who retaliated with barrages of tear gas.
Army units, backed up by armoured personnel carriers are guarding the main railway lines and highways leading out of Reggio.
Meanwhile, in Rome today the Government's inter-ministerial economic committee confirmed that 15,000 jobs would be created for the Calabria region by installing new industries there, including a chemical plant and a steel mill.