The far-right movement Forza Nuova called Roma ai Romani (Give Rome back to the Romans) railed to voice their opposition towards the unelected Brussels eurocrats and their policies.
They proudly held banners aloft proclaiming “f*** EU”, while other demonstrators gave speeches condemning the bloc’s actions.
One demonstrator said: “We are against the current concept of a Europe of bankers, against a Europe ruled by finance, by the concept of fiscal compact, by the Kalergi Plan. We are against this kind of Europe.”
Another said: “They want to replace both the Italian and European people with Third World people.
Anti-EU activists fumed at the Brussels bloc on the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome
They want to replace both the Italian and European people with Third World people
“We say, ‘No. Enough. Stop’. The government should care for only the Italians. It should create policies for Italian families, social policies for Italian families, social rights and it should defend our identity.”
The group proclaimed they EU only supports “there wealth of banks and not that of the people” through chants and speeches.
Rome has braced itself for violent protests as EU leaders arrive in the Italian capital for the European Council Summit on March 25.
Italian foreign minister Angelino Alfano said Italy does “not have the possibility of lowering our guard”, following a deadly terrorist attack in London on March 22, in which four people died and scores more were seriously injured.
Security chiefs were expecting potentially violent protests from left-wing, anti-EU Piattaforma Sociale Eurostop, which is at risk of infiltration by militant activists, according to police.
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There will be numerous checkpoints in place around Rome, along with 100 new surveillance cameras and security will be tightened around key government buildings, which will be off-limits to demonstrators.
Earlier this month, a clash broke out regarding right-wing politician Matteo Salvini in Naples.
The protests erupted during an otherwise peaceful march through Naples by people opposed to Mr Salvini, who recently travelled to Moscow to forge ties with Vladimir Putin.
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Riot police moved in to quell the protests sparked by the anti-immigrant, anti-EU Northern League leader.
In other clashes, dozens of student protesters clashed with police at Rome’s La Sapienza University.
The students were protesting against a conference on education reform, attended by education minister Valeria Fedeli, her predecessor Maria Stella Gelmini and several other MPs.