Migrants clash with police in Italy

Posted on August 3, 2011



Hundreds of asylum-seekers clashed with riot police near an immigrant centre in the southern Italian city of Bari yesterday in a protest to demand refugee status that left dozens lightly injured.

Protesters hurled rocks and metal bars at police lines, set off fires and trashed the facility on the outskirts of Bari. Police responded with tear gas and live rounds fired into the air and 30 protesters were arrested.

The rioters blocked a main road and railway for several hours, disrupting regional train services and car traffic. A passing bus was also wrecked.

Clashes also broke out Monday in Isola Isola Cap Rizzuto in the southern region of Calabria where 30 asylum seekers had gathered outside an immigrant centre and blocked a main road.

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