Hot Roman Autumns

Three years of uncertainty in Italy

  • Protesters escape a riot police assault after the entrance of the Ministry of Economy has been  attacked by a group of rioters, some of whom threw crude homemade explosive devices and others who took part in acts of vandalism. Rome, Italy. 19 October 2013

  • Guardia di finanza deployment in riot gear hunts for protesters after the entrance of the Ministry of Economy has been  attacked by a group of rioters, some of whom threw crude homemade explosive devices and others who took part in acts of vandalism. Rome, Italy. 09/10/2013

  • A Carabinieri deploymenyt in riot grear tries to disperse the rioters in piazza San Giovanni during the clashes sparked by organized violent fringes of protesters. Rome, Italy. 15/10/2011

    A Carabinieri deploymenyt in riot grear tries to disperse the rioters in piazza San Giovanni during the clashes triggered by organized violent fringes of protesters. Rome, Italy. 15/10/2011
  • Riot Police fires tear gas canisters in via Labicana against the rioters during the urban guerilla triggered by violent fringes. Rome, Italy. 15/10/2011

    Riot Police fires tear gas canisters. Rome, Italy.
  • The entrance of the Ministry of Economy is attacked by a group of rioters, some of whom threw crude homemade explosive devices and others who took part in acts of vandalism. Rome, Italy. 09/10/2013

  • Riot police attempts to push  rioters out the red protected zone nearby the parliament building  where the  Lower House  voted the  confidence that resulted in a razor-thin victory for Berlusconi to continue his mandate. Rome, Italy. 14 Dec. 2010

  • A camera operator wounded by a stray cobblestone during intense  clashes with riot police after the Senate and Lower House vote of confidence that resulted in a razor-thin victory for Berlusconi to continue his mandate. Rome, Italy. 14 Dec. 2010

  • Barricades are set on fire in the historical Piazza del Popolo by protesters

  • Thousands of rioters in Piazza del Popolo clash with riot police after the Senate and Lower House vote of confidence that resulted in a razor-thin victory for Berlusconi to continue his mandate. Rome, Italy. 14 Dec. 2010

  • A hooded rioter flees as the ministry of economics is been attacked.  Rome, Italy. 09/10/2013

  • A car and a riot police truck are set on fire  by the rioters  after the Senate and Lower House vote of confidence that resulted in a razor-thin victory for Berlusconi to continue his mandate. Rome, Italy. 14 Dec. 2010

  • A rioter throws a bottle against the riot police  during the urban guerilla triggered by black blocs fringes. Rome, Italy. 15/10/2011

  • A dense cloud of black smoke is raised high after a Carabinieri (military police) truck is set on by outraged fringes of  rioters in Piazza San Giovanni.  Rome, Italy. 15/10/2011

  • Riot Police hunts for escaping protesters after the entrance of the Ministry of Economy has been  attacked by a group of rioters, some of whom threw crude homemade explosive devices and others who took part in acts of vandalism. Rome, Italy. 09/10/2013

  • Rioters seen during the urban guerilla. Rome, Italy. 15/10/2011

  • A group of black bloc militants disguise themselves in to the crowd during the national rally of 15 Oct.. 2011. Rome, Italy

  • A statue of Virgin Mary looted from a nearby church is broken into pieces by black bloc  fringes  during the national rally of 15 Oct.. 2011. Rome, Italy

  • A rioter seen during the urban guerilla. Rome, Italy. 15/10/2011

  • A rioter is being arrested during the clashes in Rome after the Senate and Lower House vote of confidence that resulted in a razor-thin victory for Berlusconi to continue his mandate. Rome, Italy. 14 Dec. 2010

  • Rioters vandalize a bank entrance and ATM cash machines in via Cavour. Rome, Italy. 15 Oct. 2011

  • Protesters escape a riot police assault after the entrance of the Ministry of Economy has been  attacked by a group of rioters, some of whom threw crude homemade explosive devices and others who took part in acts of vandalism. Rome, Italy. 19 October 2013

  • A protester walks towards the riot police holding a big flag during the urban guerilla triggered by black blocs fringes. Rome, Italy. 15/10/2011

  • Policemen in riot gear during the urban guerilla triggered by black blocs fringes. Rome, Italy. 15/10/2011

  • A police truck tries to scare away the rioters with water cannons  during the urban guerilla triggered by violent fringes in piazza San Giovanni.  Rome, Italy. 15/10/2011

  • A cloud of smoke is raised high after a Carabinieri (military police) truck is set on by outraged fringes of  rioters in Piazza San Giovanni.  Rome, Italy. 15/10/2011

  • "book blocs" in front of Sant'Andrea della Valle church show their shields in form of classic books.
    Student groups (book blocs) and labor unions (Cobas) protested against the new government just formed and headed by the new prime minister Mario Monti. Rome, Italy. 17 november 2011

  • A rioter is being arrested during the clashes in Rome after the Senate and Lower House vote of confidence that resulted in a razor-thin victory for Berlusconi to continue his mandate. Rome, Italy. 14 Dec. 2010

  • A hooded rioter throws a cobblestone against a water cannon police truck in piazza San Giovanni during the clashes triggered by organized violent fringes of protesters.  Rome, Italy. 15/10/2011

  • Protesters escape a riot police assault after the entrance of the Ministry of Economy has been  attacked by a group of rioters, some of whom threw crude homemade explosive devices and others who took part in acts of vandalism. Rome, Italy. 19 October 2013

  • Rioters throw bottles against the police during the urban guerilla triggered by black blocs fringes. Rome, Italy. 15/10/2011

  • Rioters escape a riot police assault after an attack  to the  nearby  Ministry of Economy. Rome, Italy. 19 October 2013

  • The entrance of the Ministry of Economy is attacked by a group of rioters, some of whom threw crude homemade explosive devices and others who took part in acts of vandalism. Rome, Italy. 09/10/2013

  • Rioters escape a riot police assault after an attack  to the  nearby  Ministry of Economy. Rome, Italy. 19 October 2013

  • A hooded rioter faces a police deployment  holding  a iron bar as seen during the intense clashes nearby piazza San Giovanni.  Rome, Italy. 15/10/2011

  • Rioters and scared tourists  in piazza San Giocanni during the urban guerilla triggered by violent fringes in piazza San Giovanni.  Rome, Italy. 15/10/2011

  • Fire fighters  extinguish a Carabinieri (military police) truck,  set on by outraged fringes of  rioters in Piazza San Giovanni.  Rome, Italy. 15/10/2011

  • Dense white clouds of tear gas are released by the canisters fired by the riot police in the attempt to disperse the rioters in piazza San Giovanni during the clashes triggered by organized violent fringes of protesters.  Rome, Italy. 15/10/2011

  • A rioter wearing a helmet faces Guardia di Finanza police in riot gear defending the entrance of the Ministry of Economy.  Rome, Italy. 09/10/2013

  • Policemen in riot gear during the clashes in Rome after the Senate and Lower House vote of confidence that resulted in a razor-thin victory for Berlusconi to continue his mandate. Rome, Italy. 14 Dec. 2010

  Three years of uncertainty in Italy

The term hot autumn has been used by the Italian press to describe autumns with significant number of strikes and protests. Such discontent has often been directed against the government’s budget. While the rapid succession of political leaders showed a general inability to bring an acceptable level of stability to control the economic crisis, news of corruption, scandals and widespread unemployment populated the media. Since 2010 violence began to escalate in an uncontrolled way as the governments were introducing tougher austerity measures, starting a tense period which some accounts compared, in terms of outrage, to the late 70.

Rome, Italy.  Autumns 2010 – 2013