Italy was hit by strikes, violent demonstrations and protests against refugees on Friday as anger and frustration towards soaring unemployment and the enduring economic crisis exploded onto the streets.


The ongoing recession has also exacerbated racial tensions, with some Italians blaming refugees and immigrants for their economic woes... In the last 12 months, around 150,000 [immigrants] made it to Italian soil, with many of them rescued by the Italian navy and coast guard as part of a humanitarian operation that was controversially shut down on Nov 1. Opposition to immigration has helped fuel a surge in support for the anti-immigrant Northern League party.

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