protesters clash with police as Italy hit by week of anti-austerity rallies

Students protest against the local government in downtown Turin on December 14, 2013. (AFP Photo / Marco Bertorello)

The rallies spread to the capital on Thursday, when hundreds of students clashed with police and threw firecrackers outside a university where government ministers were attending a conference.

Activists have promised larger demonstrations in the capital next week. The protests are being staged in the name of the Forconi – or Pitchfork – movement, which was originally organized by a group of Sicilian farmers.

“There are millions of us and we are growing by the hour. This government has to go,” Reuters quoted one of the leaders of the protests, Danilo Calvani, as saying earlier this week.  More: RT.COM