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Two million Romans on Maximus March.

Byline: JAMES HARPER

TWO million demonstrators bring Rome to a standstill yesterday in a protest against terrorism and plans to curb workers' rights.

Trade unionists carrying thousands of flags turned the streets red yesterday and packed into the Circus Maximus, scene of ancient Rome's chariot races, in a show of force against Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. The demonstration was also broadened into a protest against political violence after the murder of his aide behind the plan to make it easier for firms to sack staff. More than 9,000 buses and 60 trains helped bring union members from across Italy.

The demo was the biggest in recent Italian history - far larger than one in 1994 against Berlusconi whose government collapsed shortly afterwards, leaving him out of power until last year. The murder of adviser Marco Biagi has raised fears of a return to the political violence that scarred the country in the 1970s and 1980s.
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 24, 2002
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