The people of L’Aquila have been protesting over the millions of tons of rubble still lying in the Italian city, nearly a year after it was hit by an earthquake.
Tempers flared as demonstrators pushed past police cordons into a restricted central area, to remove the debris themselves.
“We are going to take all the material, like the metal, elsewhere,” said one of those protesting. “We are going to go along the main street. We are going to move all the rubble, too. We will get our town back on its feet.”
“I took this debris from opposite the town hall, opposite the town hall tower,” said a woman, struggling to push a wheelbarrow. “This is all that remains of the building.”
Tens of thousands were made homeless by the deadly quake last April. Many are still unable to return to where they used to live because of the rubble filling the streets.