december riots in rome italy - Crowds swell during the riots

Riots in Rome – in photos

Two days ago, Italy failed to give corrupt Prime Minister Berlusconi a no-confidence vote, which would have forced him out of the Italian Government. Instead it forced Italian people into the streets, protesting against his continued place in government. Between the Herald Sun and the Independent you can get a good idea of the political and financial background of the riots.

Indie Travel Podcast listener Kim Max was there to capture some of the action in the streets of Rome.

december riots in rome italy - Crowds swell during the riots

Crowds swell in the streets of Rome


december riots in rome italy - fires flare during the conflict

Fires flare during the conflict


december riots in rome italy - fire damaged van

Talk about burn-outs. This van won't be seeing another day's service.


december riots in rome italy

Democracy in action


december riots in rome italy - smart car burns

This smart car hasn't been left in the smartest of places


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Street vandalism during the riots in Rome.


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A fire-damaged ATM machine after the riots


december riots in rome italy - quiet damaged streets after the riots

Posters are left stripped off the wall by angry protestors

Accounts we’ve heard make it seem it is safe to travel in Rome right now, but tempers are still high. If you know more, please comment below.

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4 Responses to “Riots in Rome – in photos”

  1. Alan December 16, 2010 at 9:54 am #

    Wild. Thanks for sharing these pictures!

  2. Greg December 16, 2010 at 12:25 pm #

    Some take their democracy very seriously. I remember that in the U.S. back in the 60’s when I marched with my parents as a child. Bravo to the Italians, to the French, to any people who stand up for their rights.

  3. vesey January 1, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

    Rioting is not “democracy in action” Greg, it just common thuggery. When some of these “democrats” burn and destroy your property you’ll change your tune. Grow up !!!

  4. Dina March 24, 2011 at 1:25 am #

    Great captures!

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