Violence erupts in Rome after Berlusconi survives confidence votes
December 14th, 2010
12:27 PM ET

Violence erupts in Rome after Berlusconi survives confidence votes

Angry protesters threw rocks and bottles and police lobbed tear gas canisters Tuesday in Rome's streets after Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi narrowly survived lawmakers' confidence votes.

A crowd of several hundred protesters smashed motorcycles and police vehicles as they erupted in violence and clashed with authorities following the votes. Small fires were burning in various spots, and loud explosions could be heard from firecrackers or flash-bang devices.

Police charging down the Via del Corso - one of Rome's main shopping areas - were pushing back protesters "slowly but surely," said CNN's Dan Rivers, but he noted the protesters were "clearly very angry."

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  1. Homer Simpson

    the will of the people? Absent today in italy.

    December 14, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • ALLisONEisALL

      Here are the perpetrators of mass planetary genocide let me guide you to a new age my friends make this known for you to access the day that men decided to make another suffer from his birth must end by the destruction of power plants and nuclear weapons around the globe. Here is my gift to humankind the truth to forgiveness has been mens undoing follow in what courage is given by thruth what other men have only led with lies may true evil of perception be banished foreever victims of this beautiful planet protest,walk,say nay to any who decide for our fates. I give you the choice.

      December 15, 2010 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. Sunsetman

    Did Berlusconi pay to get the confidence votes? Here are the evidences:

    December 14, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Fred Bartkowski

    Just a sign of things to come.

    December 14, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. SOS

    IISocial warfare coming to a country near u

    December 14, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. SOS

    Let em eat cake

    December 14, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Daniel

    Why am I not surprised at this? This creep Berlusconi always gets his way. The vote of confidence was most probably bought and paid for otherwise,can one imagine such a creep hanging on for so long???

    December 14, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Frank

    People of Italy,
    It appears you are putting Berlusconi on the fast track to end up like Benito Mussolini!

    December 14, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Let's hope so. Anybody who dates underaged girls,treats Africans like dirt and carries out orders from Washington with blind obedience can't be all good!

      December 14, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Fred Bartkowski

    Its class warfare dork.

    December 14, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. we love berlusconi

    December 14, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ProtoMan

    I hope the corrupt's days are coming to their judgment. Fingers crossed.

    December 14, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |