Protesters from the Antifa network shouted “Milan is against fascism and racism” as they stood face to face with police shields.
Demonstrators pushed against police outside a municipal building in Zone 4 of Milan where a far-right memorial assembly was due to be held.
But instead they were repelled by armed officers dressed in riot gear and bright blue helmets, who can be seen showering protestors with smacks from their batons.
Demostrators were carrying banners and posters
Protestors also lit a fire
While footage taken from the scene shows rioters lobbing unidentified objects at police, hurling insults at officers as they try to fight against the blockade.
Carrying banners and posters, the demonstrators also lit a fire, but nobody was reported injured.
While inside, members of the far-right movement Lealta a Azione claim they were “barricaded” in the building as the violence spread onto the streets.
The protest coincided with the National Memorial Day of Exiles and Foibe
Roberto Cenati, president of the PNA in Milan, said: “An outrage to Milan, capital of the resistance.
"Despite calls by the democratic forces and by the mayor of Milan, the zone 4 council president has allowed this event which is degenerate with the presence of extreme right militants.
“I think it is very serious that in an institutional forum was promoted an initiative that is characterised by the presence of a remarkable group of militants, an organisation of the extreme right which is opposed to the principles of the republican constitution."
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The protest coincided with the National Memorial Day of Exiles and Foibe – the event commemorating the victims of the Istrian-Dalmatian Exodus and those killed at the end of World War II by Yugoslavian forces.
Although normally a benign affair, the annual event has began to cause tensions among the political left who claim the celebration is being hijacked by neo-fascists.
Now every year the occasion is met by scuffles with police, as left-wing rioters try to break through police walls.
Protestors clashed with police amid a violent rally in Milan
Last year the Antifa movement also protested against a pan-European right-wing gathering – which included the Lega Nord’s Matteo Salvini and the French National Front party’s Marine Le Pen.
The news comes after heightened tensions in Paris after five suburbs were reduced to no go zones for five nights as masked men cause mayhem on the streets.
Now there are fears the fall out from allegations of police brutality could spread all over the country as unrest in the city grows.
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