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U.S. officials cautioned Americans about travelling to Rome this weekend due to planned demonstrations by Italian laborers and political parties.

A demonstration led by the “Forza Nuova” political party will take place from Piazza della Repubblica to Piazza Madonna di Loreto, beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, according to information posted on the U.S. Embassy in Rome’s Web site.

Officials expect large crowds Saturday to demonstrate against the “finanziaria,” or finance authorities, in the afternoon hours at the following locations: Piazza della Repubblica to Piazza San Giovanni; Circo Massimo to Piazza San Giovanni; Largo Colli Albani to Piazza San Giovanni.

Protesters are estimated to number in the thousands, and traffic and transportation delays are expected.

The Embassy Web site is: http://www.italy.usembassy.gov/english, and information is listed under the tab: “U.S. Citizen Services.”

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