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Violent clashes overshadow start of Milan Expo

Demonstrators face off against Italian police during a demonstration against the EXPO 2015 world fair in Milan, on May 1, 2015The opening of Expo 2015 was marred Friday by violent clashes between police and dozens of militants opposed to Milan’s hosting of the world fair. The violent scenes left parts of Milan’s elegant centre looking like a battle zone, giving a bitter-sweet start to a six-month food-themed event Italy hopes will bolster its international standing and boost its struggling economy. “The authentic face of Milan is the positive, noble and handsome one displayed to the world and the future at Expo’s opening, not that of these vandals who confront the security forces, to whom the government is very grateful,” Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said in a statement. Thousands of visitors poured into the specially created Expo site on the edge of Milan.

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