Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Italy and Spain to protest the countries’ coronavirus lockdown rules.
In Italy protests erupted in Turin, Milan and other cities to vent their anger at the latest pandemic restrictions.
In Turin a peaceful protest descended into a full blown riot with demonstrators smashing windows on a shopping street, setting off smoke bombs and hurling bottles at police.
A group of “ultras” are said to have been behind the violence in the city.
Five of the protesters were detained by authorities.
Meanwhile in Spain’s Barcelona, demonstrators started fires in the street before riot police intervened.
It came just one day after Spain declared a second nation-wide state of emergency covering all regions except the Canary Islands.
It will initially last for 15 days but the Government plans to ask parliament for a six-month extension, meaning the restrictions could remain until early May 2021.
Rioter Juan Gomez told Global247news of Barcelona’s destruction, he said: ” The people took the streets, fires everywhere – until the riot police were called in, we will not wilt though and will be back out tonight”
The rules in Spain include an 11pm to 6am curfew.
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