|Demonstrators carry a banner reading “Communists” during the left-wing Italian metalworkers’ union FIOM rally in downtown Rome on May 18, 2013 (AFP Photo / Filippo Monteforte)|
“We can’t wait anymore” and “We need money to live.”
“We hope that this government will finally start listening to us because we are losing our patience,”
Letta promised to make jobs his top priority when he assumed office in April. Demonstrators accused him of not sticking to his vow, instead choosing to focus on a property tax reform outlined this week.
Union leaders said they want a fresh agenda, and urged Letta to shift away from the austerity plan pursued by former Prime Minister Mario Monti, who introduced a range of spending cuts, tax hikes, and pension reforms during his
“We need to start over with more investment. If we don’t restart with public and private investments, there will no new jobs,”
But other protesters didn’t believe Letta’s government was capable of changing the country’s economic track.
“This government will last a very short time,”
said demonstrator Marco Silvani.
“What we need is a new leftist party that fights for the rights of the people.”