Rome and Moscow plagued by protests and riots

Silvio Berlusconi

Riots broke out in Rome and Moscow, as ethnic violence in Russia and protests over Silvio Berlusconi got out of hand. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

Over the past few weeks, Rome and Moscow became the latest world capitals to experience protests leading to riots. Protests and riots broke out in Rome as Silvio Berlusconi survived a vote of no confidence. Riots broke out in Moscow as soccer fans and nationalists clashed with minority ethnic groups.

Rome erupts in violence as Berlusconi barely hangs on to office

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been steadily losing support of both the government and the citizens after passing austerity measures as many other European countries have done. Berlusconi has come under increasing fire from different directions, and the Italian parliament held a “no confidence” vote, which missed passing by only three votes, according to The Guardian. After the news that Berlusconi had survived to govern for another day, riots erupted throughout Rome. There were 90 people hurt, 50 of whom were police officers. There were 41 people arrested during the riots, which were attributed to trade union and revolutionary socialists.

Moscow soccer fans wreak havoc

Rioting broke out in Moscow after recent soccer matches, in which soccer fans and ultra-nationalists carried out acts of violence against racial minorities, according to the Christian Science Monitor. Residents of Moscow have been noticing more collaboration between soccer hooligans and racist groups, which President Dimitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Validimir Putin have condemned. Numerous arrests were made, and Prime Minister Putin blasted racists and rioters as being a “virus.” Putin and Medvedev have both assured the public that further outbreaks in violence will not be tolerated, and the perpetrators will be dealt with. Equally troubling is the fact that Russia is due to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Europe wracked with violence

Violent protests have been breaking out all over Europe. Italy, Britain, France and Greece have all had riots out of frustration with government austerity measures and cuts to social welfare programs. It may be some time before tensions simmer down across the continent.


The Guardian

Christian Science Monitor

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