Italian anti-euro, anti-immigrant party holds rally in Rome

Italian Northern League party leader Matteo Salvini speaks during a rally against the Italian government's policy in Rome on February 28, 2015The rising star of the Italian right, Matteo Salvini, led a mass rally in support of his anti-immigration, anti-EU Northern League party in central Rome Saturday, as a counter-rally took place nearby. The rally’s slogan was “Renzi go home”, with Salvini, “the other Matteo”, setting himself up as a challenger to Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. According to Italian media reports 3,000 police were deployed to deal with the rally where organisers bused in supporters on special trains and buses. A few hundred metres (yards) from the Northern League rally, leftist groups, including anti-racism and gay rights organisations, demonstrated under the banner “Never with Salvini” with organisers saying 35,000 had gathered to protest.

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