Some areas in Rome expecting to see protests, Americans told
The U.S. Embassy is urging Americans to avoid areas of Rome on Saturday because of a demonstration against the European interministerial conference.
One march, sponsored by anti-globalization groups, starts at Piazzale Due, close to the Laurentina exit of the underground, proceeds down Viale Oceano Atlantico, Viale Umanesimo, Via Cristoforo Colombo, and ends at Piazza Marconi. The protesters want to proceed another 500 meters to end at Piazza delle Nazione Unite, which the police will not authorize. This could be cause for friction, according to an embassy news release.
A second march takes place in the center of Rome at Piazza della Repubblica. It proceeds to Largo Santa Susanna, Via Barberini, Piazza Barberini, Via Sistina and Piazza del Popolo. Official unions are sponsoring the march, and it should be the quieter of the two, according to the embassy.
The number of participants is not known.
Security outside the embassy this week has been reinforced because of concerns over spontaneous demonstrations. Police are also concerned that the anti-globalization groups may try to provoke trouble Saturday morning before the police reinforce the two marches’ routes.