Violent clashes at G7 in Italy

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By Catherine Hardy  with Reuters
Violent clashes at G7 in Italy

Dozens of protesters have clashed with police as they tried to break through the security cordon sealing off the G7 talks in Italy.

Foreign ministers from the G7 – the seven major industrialised nations – are meeting in the central city of Lucca to put pressure on Russia to break its ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Scuffles broke out as marchers chanting “police go away” were stopped at the Tuscan city’s medieval walls by a line of police.

Officers wielding batons managed to push the protesters back. However, Italian media reported that five or six police officers were slightly injured during the scuffles.

Besides Syria, the ministers will talk about growing tensions with North Korea.