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Three police hurt in student austerity protests in Palermo

Officers hit by rocks, bottles, firecrackers

Three police hurt in student austerity protests in Palermo

Palermo, November 16 - Three police officers were injured on Friday in clashes with young people taking part in a student protest in Palermo against the government's austerity policies. The officers were hit during a charge to clear a central area, near the Sicilian city's cathedral, after protesters moved towards a venue where Senate Speaker Renato Schifani was taking part in a conference. The police came under a barrage of stones, bottles and firecrackers during the clashes. The incident comes two days after trouble marred nationwide protests that were part of the anti-austerity European Day of Action and Solidarity. There were scenes of mayhem in Rome on Wednesday and photos and images of apparent acts of police brutality have prompted Interior Minister Anna Maria Cancellieri to vow that officers who used excessive violence will be punished. The entrances of Palermo's central station were closed to stop a group of young people in the area from occupying the tracks, as occurred two days ago.

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