Some 15,000 protesters demonstrated in Milan’s financial centre in Italy, as part of a European day of action against capitalism.
Saturday’s “Occupy the Italian Stock Exchange” rally was backed by several organisations including labour unions and leftist parties.
The windows of two banks and other buildings in the Piazza Afari were damaged or spray painted.
A similar demonstration took place in Frankfurt in Germany, with the crowd expressing its anger over the ongoing financial crisis. That anger was mainly directed against the European Central Bank.
The protest turned angry and scuffles broke out with police who were present in large numbers.