Angry demonstrators today (July 18) attacked the police headquarters with stones and petrol bombs in the riot-torn town of Reggio Calabria.
Angry demonstrators today (July 18) attacked the police headquarters with stones and petrol bombs in the riot-torn town of Reggio Calabria. It was the fifth successive day of violence in this south Italian port.
The attack took place during the funeral procession of a 46-year-old railway worker who was killed during rioting earlier this week.
Thousands of people, including a Junior Government Minister, the entire Reggio City Council and local Church dignitaries, followed the coffin during the two-and-a-half mile (4 kilometre) procession through the town.
Police were caught unprepared by the attack on the police Station. They used tear gas to repel the demonstrators, who set fire to several military vehicles and private cars parked nearby.
The renewed violence erupted when calm appeared to be returning to the city.
Police, who spent all night clearing barricades and rubble from the streets, had agreed to stay out of the way during the funeral to avoid provoking demonstrators.
There were other outbreaks of violence in the suburbs of the city whose inhabitants are enraged that it may be passed over in favour of a smaller town as capital of the newly-formed Calabria Region.
Hundreds of people are estimated to have been injured in the rioting so far, though only a small percentage have been treated in hospital. But many of the injured have preferred to seek private medical aid for fear of being arrested.