In Rome on Saturday (8 May) about 1,000 left-wing extremists, protesting at he presence of United States Secretary of State William rogers, hurled petrol bombs at riot police trying to disperse them.
In Rome on Saturday (8 May) about 1,000 left-wing extremists, protesting at he presence of United States Secretary of State William rogers, hurled petrol bombs at riot police trying to disperse them. Policemen, supported by para-military Carabinieri, charged with batons and fired tear gas in the clashes which centred around the Basilica of Saint Mary Major.
Over 60 people were arrested and an unspecified number injured in the exchanges when demonstrators threw about 15 petrol bombs and other missiles. Violent clashes also broke out between police and several hundred extremists at Trastevere, Rome's artist quarter, where there were more arrests.
SYNOPSIS: In Rome on Saturday, police arrested eight people and detained abut seventy more after hundreds of leftwing extremists staged scattered demonstrations.....protesting against the visit of United States Secretary of State William Rogers.....in Rome after his tour of the Middle East.
Groups of extremist youths hurled Molotov Cocktails at riot police and smashed shop windows as police - aided by the para-military Carabinieri - prepared to move in.
In the first clashes near the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, police made about seventy arrests and used tear gas to break up the demonstrators, who scattered - damaging card and throwing petrol bombs.
In the Trastevere area, the artist quarter of Rome, groups of demonstrators ran riot through the streets. They damaged several cars and threw petrol bombs at an American school, causing slight damage. More than seventy were detained by police there.
Earlier, a police squad car had burst into flames when a petrol bomb had scored a direct hit. Police said later that two of their men had been taken to hospital in a state of shock after the incident....no other injuries were reported.