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Italy far-right clash briefly with cops during day of demos

Right-wing protesters briefly confronted journalists and police in Rome on Saturday during a day of demonstrations around the country.

Soccer “ultras” and supporters of the far-right Forza Nuova movement massed on Rome's downtown Circus Maximus field for an anti-government protest. Some made the fascist Roman salute.

At one point, some of the protesters tried to chase journalists away with bottles and flares. A line of riot police moved in, sparking several minutes of tension before the crowd moved elsewhere.

A Right wing soccer supporters lies on the ground during clash with police as they protest against the government lockdown and the lack of economic support, at the Circus Maximum in Rome, Saturday, June 6, 2020. (AP PhotoAndrew Medichini)

Another anti-government protest was held in Milan.

Also in Italy on Saturday, hundreds of people demonstrated in front of the U.S. Consulate in Naples to show solidarity with George Floyd, the black man who while handcuffed had a white Minneapolis police officer's knee pressed on his neck and whose death has sparked a week of protests in the U.S. and beyond.

Right wing soccer supporters clash with police as they protest against the government lockdown and the lack of economic support, at the Circus Maximum in Rome, Saturday, June 6, 2020. (AP PhotoAndrew Medichini)

Right wing supporters gather to protest against the government lockdown and the lack of economic support, at the Circus Maximum in Rome, Saturday, June 6, 2020. (AP PhotoAndrew Medichini)

Right-wing supporters clash with police during a demonstration against the government in Rome, Saturday, June 6, 2020. (Mauro ScrobognaLaPresse via AP)

Right wing soccer supporters clash with police as they protest against the government lockdown and the lack of economic support, at the Circus Maximum in Rome, Saturday, June 6, 2020. (AP PhotoAndrew Medichini)

Right wing soccer supporters clash with police as they protest against the government lockdown and the lack of economic support, at the Circus Maximum in Rome, Saturday, June 6, 2020. (AP PhotoAndrew Medichini)

Right wing soccer supporters clash with police as they protest against the government lockdown and the lack of economic support, at the Circus Maximum in Rome, Saturday, June 6, 2020. (AP PhotoAndrew Medichini)

Right wing soccer supporters gather as they clash with police during a protest against the government lockdown and the lack of economic support, at the Circus Maximum in Rome, Saturday, June 6, 2020. (AP PhotoAndrew Medichini)