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Crowd surrounds police confiscating flowers from vendor

Officers insulted and pushed by mob in Rome neighborhood

Crowd surrounds police confiscating flowers from vendor

Rome, January 25 - A crowd of angry onlookers surrounded Rome city police in the Colli Portuensi neighborhood on Friday, shouting insults, blocking traffic and pushing the officers who were confiscating plants and flowers from a well-known local vendor. Police say they were surrounded by around 100 people who tried to protect a well-known travelling flower vendor who is a regular fixture in the neighborhood. The man, who has a license to sell flowers and plants as an ambulant vendor, was fined for being "too stationary" by police from Rome's 16th municipality. Municipal councilor Marco Giudici from the far-right La Destra party said that "the citizens were right. The municipal police use two measures and two standards. Though there are real problems (with true unlicensed vendors) they take it out on the desperate and defenseless to simply take care of their administrative needs".

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