Rioting continued in the Southern Italian town of Reggio Calabria today (Friday). More than 10,000?
MV Demonstrators PAN to police
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GV PAN demonstrators
TV Demonstrators blocking traffic (2 shots)
GV PAN to LV police chasing demonstrators (2 shots)
SV Policeman with arrested man (2 shots)
SCU Man with child
LV Smoke-bomb (2 shots)
GV Demonstrators throwing stones
LV Police chasing demonstrators
SV Man throwing smoke bomb (2 shots)
SV Injured policeman
SV Police clearing barricades
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Background: Rioting continued in the Southern Italian town of Reggio Calabria today (Friday). More than 10,000 police were spread around the city as demonstrators blocked traffic and built barricades in the street to back their demand that Reggio be named as the regions capital.
A general strike had been called on Thursday and the police were on hand to prevent a repetition of last month's riots in which two people died in bloody clashes.
Tear gas was used as police dispersed the crowds of stone throwing youths. Local railway workers and ferrymen have already joined the general strike hindering communications and halting the ferry service across the Straits of Messina.
The 15,000 inhabitants of this city in the toe of Italy have been agitating for several months following indications that the smaller town of Catanzaro would be chosen as the region's capital.