Thousands take to the streets in Rome in protest at the EU
Police have sent back 170 French anarchists who wanted to reach Rome by train to attend the march.
The march collides with the European Union heads of state meeting in Rome to commemorate 60 years since the signing of the Treaty of Rome.
It is thought that 25,000 people will protest against the European Union and the unelected Brussels eurocrats and their policies in the Italian capital today.
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Around 5,000 police have been deployed to handle the situation in Rome
Various checkpoints have been put in place across Rome, along with 100 new surveillance cameras, and tightened security around key government buildings.
Around 5,000 police have been deployed to handle the situation in Rome and have seized shields and helmets as well as pieces of iron.
The police have seized jackets, hooded jumpers and raincoats from seven men, which they claim are identical to those used by Black bloc in police clashes four years ago.
European heads of states meet in Rome
Law enforcement agencies have stopped 1,500 people seizing various equipment, including plastic shields and helmets.
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.
Italy’s terror unit held a meeting on Thursday to intensity security measures across Rome this weekend.
Pro-Eu marches have also been held across Europe
Brexit protesters have also gathered in London on Saturday at the Unite for Europe march.
The protests come just days before Theresa May will trigger Article 50 to begin the formal process of Britain’s departure from the EU.
The demonstrators do include pro-European people with banners such as “Keep calm and love Europe”.
However the party chief of the Brothers of Italy party, Giorgia Meloni, said at a meeting: “The EU experience is over for us. It needs to be shut down and we need to start a new path together that is a confederation of free and sovereign nations.”
Although Italy used to be one of the most pro-EU states in Europe, many people have become angry about the euro currency, which they believe is to blame for the country’s economic decline since 1999.