Conflict & Justice

Rome Counts Cost of Violence After Occupy Protests


Rome protest October 15, 2011 (Photo: Remo Cassella/Flickr)

Rome is counting the cost of its worst violence in years, which erupted on a day of global protests over austerity and banking practices.

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The city's mayor says damage costing more than one million euros ($ 1.4 million) was caused when hooded protesters torched cars and attacked banks and a church.

Mayor Gianni Alemanno described those responsible as "animals".

Saturday's protests affected 950 cities in 80 countries. They began in New York as "Occupy Wall Street" a month ago.

Megan Williams reports from Rome.