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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-28-04 09:28 AM
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Fears of violence mount ahead of Bush Rome visit
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ROME, May 28 (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush will be greeted by widespread protests on his official visit to Italy next week, opponents of the war in Iraq said on Friday as the government warned of violence from radical elements.

"There are some serious threats. We are concerned by them but not frightened," said Interior Minister Giuseppe Pisanu, who promised to allow peaceful protests when Bush visits next Friday to mark 60 years since the liberation of Rome in World War Two.

While mainstream opposition leaders are planning to demonstrate peacefully or stay away, some activists have promised violent confrontation.

"If a criminal of the calibre of Bush is given the red carpet treatment, then rage is the right reaction," said Luca Casarini, one of Italy's best-known anti-globalisation figures.

...Sounds like they are worried that mobs of Italians may go postal on the Chimp?

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