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Italy: Thousands flood the streets of Milan for anti-racism demonstration03:07

Italy: Thousands flood the streets of Milan for anti-racism demonstration

Italy, Milan
March 2, 2019 at 22:06 GMT +00:00 · Published

Massive crowds turned out at an anti-racism demonstration in Milan on Saturday, opposing policies by the populist government which, some in attendance say, promote racism.

"We are all the same and different," said one demonstrator. "'Italians first,' but Italians are people of different colours."

Another demonstrator explained her reasons for attending, saying: "We are one of those families that has adopted children from all over the world. Lately the situation is getting really heavy and we cannot stand this racism anymore, we want to make our voices heard."

While another said that despite living in Italy for 20 years, "I have to defend myself from the rules and what the government imposes."

According to Milan city officials, the number of people who partook in the demonstration could be as high as 200,000.

Italy: Thousands flood the streets of Milan for anti-racism demonstration03:07
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Massive crowds turned out at an anti-racism demonstration in Milan on Saturday, opposing policies by the populist government which, some in attendance say, promote racism.

"We are all the same and different," said one demonstrator. "'Italians first,' but Italians are people of different colours."

Another demonstrator explained her reasons for attending, saying: "We are one of those families that has adopted children from all over the world. Lately the situation is getting really heavy and we cannot stand this racism anymore, we want to make our voices heard."

While another said that despite living in Italy for 20 years, "I have to defend myself from the rules and what the government imposes."

According to Milan city officials, the number of people who partook in the demonstration could be as high as 200,000.