Anti-globalist protesters clashed with police in Turin on Saturday, September 30. The protesters were trying to reach the venue of a Group Seven (G7) meeting on labor and employment. Demonstrators reportedly threw smoke bombs and firecrackers at police while trying to breach the cordon around the Reggia de Venaria. According to local media, many of the demonstrators were students or members of left-leaning movements, protesting against low-paying jobs and short-term contracts. At least two people were arrested and several others were reportedly injured.
Violence initially broke out on Friday evening, with riots continuing overnight. Turin hosted G7 meetings on Industry, Science, and Labor beginning September 25, with the last meeting slated for September 30.
The G7 is comprised of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The organization has faced criticism in recent years for its support of globalization and free trade, which some left-wing movements believe are contributing to declining wages and increasing income inequality in industrialized countries.
Individuals in Turin are advised to avoid all demonstrations as a precaution.