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Anti-fascist protesters clash with police in Bologna

Four students and a police officer were injured.

Italian police have turned water cannon on anti-fascist protesters who were trying to disrupt a planned campaign appearance by the head of the neo-fascist Forza Nuova in Bologna.

Clashes broke out on Friday afternoon when police intervened to prevent anti-fascist demonstrators from occupying a square in the traditionally left-wing city of Bologna where the Forza Nuova leader was scheduled to speak.

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Clashes in Bologna (Giorgio Benvenuti/ANSA via AP)

The news agency ANSA said four students and one police officer were injured.

The protests come amid fears of a revival of neo-fascist sentiment ahead of Italy’s national election on March 4.

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Forza Nuova leader Roberto Fiore arrives to speak (Giorgio Benvenuti/ANSA via AP)

Pierluigi Bersani, a former government minister who is running for a small left-wing party, joined the demonstration, saying the way to fight “regurgitated fascists and terroristic phenomenon” is to “go into the streets, and go there together”.

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