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Police dispute brings much of Rome to a stop

Striking police officers brought much of the Italian capital Rome to a standstill as part of protests about working conditions and cutbacks.

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Police dispute brings much of Rome to a stop

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Striking police officers brought much of the Italian capital Rome to a standstill on Thursday (February 12).

Thousands gathered in solidarity with the large number of officers who phoned in sick on New Year’s Eve – 80 percent of those scheduled to work, although unions representing the officers dispute that figure.

The so-called blue flu came amid growing complaints by police over working conditions and cutbacks.