Andrew Medichini / APProtesters gather outside the lower Chamber during a protest by restaurant and other business activity owners in Rome, Italy, on Tuesday. (Andrew Medichini / AP)
Restaurant owners and others angry at having their businesses shut for weeks due to pandemic lockdown measures clashed with police Tuesday during a protest outside Parliament in Rome.
One officer was injured in the scuffling, the Italian news agency LaPresse said.
Many in the crowd of a few hundred protesters lowered their protective masks to shout “Work!” and “Freedom!” Some hurled smoke flares or other objects.
Dining and drinking at restaurants, bars and cafes are currently banned through at least April. Only takeout or delivery services are permitted.
Officers charged the protesters after they tried to breach a police cordon.
Among the demonstrators was