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Protest breaks out across the country, with clashes in two cities, as daily COVID-19 cases high to fresh records

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Protest breaks out across the country, with clashes in two cities, as daily COVID-19 cases high to fresh records, with violence reported in Turin and Milan, in the country’s north.

On Monday night, some protesters in Turin broke away from a peaceful demonstration, smashing shop windows, ransacking luxury shops, and clashing with police, who fired tear gas in return.

Several hundred protesters assembled in Milan – the capital of the Lombardy region which was the epicenter of the global pandemic in March, at the regional government’s headquarters, with some throwing stones, petrol bombs, and fireworks.

Protesters chanted “Freedom, freedom!”, the same slogan used two days earlier by demonstrators in the southern city of Napoli.

According to the ANSA news agency, 28 people are being detained in Milan; three police officers were injured amid the clashes in the two cities.

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At least 37,479 people have died with coronavirus in Italy since the start of the pandemic.

People took to the streets after Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Monday imposed a new round of rules aimed at stemming the spread of coronavirus. He announced the early closure of restaurants and pubs at 6 pm (17:00 GMT) and shut down theatres, gyms, and cinemas.

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Protest breaks out across the country, with clashes in two cities, as daily COVID-19 cases high to fresh records

Most high schools were ordered to hold online classes and several regions imposed night curfews.

The tough, but still partial restrictions, came as the government strives to avoid a nationwide lockdown such as the measures enforced in March.

While Italians went through one of the world’s strictest lockdowns in the first wave with a sense of solidarity and compliance, the new measures have provoked an angry response.

Business owners, still recovering from the first closure, are exasperated amid fears that closing shops again would send them into bankruptcy.

Taxi drivers, restauranteurs, bar owners, and people who work in cultural industries protested peacefully in about several cities from north to south, including Viareggio, Trieste, Rome, Naples, Salerno, Palermo, Siracusa, and Catania.

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Protest breaks out across the country, with clashes in two cities, as daily COVID-19 cases high to fresh records

Business owners, still recovering from the first closure, are exasperated amid fears that closing shops again would send them into bankruptcy.

Taxi drivers, restauranteurs, bar owners, and people who work in cultural industries protested peacefully in about several cities from north to south, including Viareggio, Trieste, Rome, Naples, Salerno, Palermo, Siracusa, and Catania. Here

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