Fireworks vs. batons: Italian protesters clash with riot police over ‘dictatorship’ of Covid-19 rules (VIDEO)

Street battles erupted in central Rome overnight as Italian police dispersed a group of 200 demonstrators, who staged a violent protest against the government’s Covid-19 restrictions.

Skirmishes erupted shortly after midnight and were focused around Rome’s iconic Piazza del Popolo. The square was supposed to host a rally organized by the Fuerza Nova party, which its leadership promised to be a peaceful act of civil disobedience against “health dictatorship and curfews”.