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Violence erupts at anti-fascist rally in Bologna

Anti-fascist demonstrators clash with Italian police in Bologna
Anti-fascist demonstrators clash with Italian police in Bologna
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Fears of a fascist revival sparked violence in the Italian city of Bologna on Friday.

Ten students and two police officers were hurt when around 100 leftist protesters tried to block an election campaign appearance by the Forza Nuova leader Roberto Fiore.

Local media say the number of protesters surged to over a thousand after the demonstration descended into chaos. They were eventually dispersed after several baton charges by riot police.

Bologna is a traditionally left-wing city

The recent rise in far-right nationalism in Italy has sparked a serious political debate about how the country is reconciling its fascist past.

Many are concerned over how the rise of Italy's neo-fascist parties will be reflected in the general election on March 4th.

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