Rome's security forces are on high alert for the scheduled "No Monti Day" protest at 14.30 on Saturday 27 October. The demonstration, which involves trade unions, students, left-wing parties and various protest groups, has been called in opposition to the Monti government’s austerity measures. Thousands are expected from all over Italy for a demonstration that leaves from Piazza della Repubblica and finishes in Piazza S. Giovanni in Laterano.
Security will be tight in the city centre, with all vehicles, including motorbikes and taxis, banned from circulating or even parking along the route from 09.00. From midday on 26 October, traffic authorities will remove all vehicles parked along the demonstration’s path, while the city's rubbish collectors, AMA Roma, will remove all bins and skips. Over 40 bus routes will be diverted and from 14.00 the Manzoni and S. Giovanni stops on the Metro A line will be closed, but otherwise the metro will run as usual.
Many of the side-streets surrounding the demonstration will be sealed by riot police in order to avoid a repeat of the protest violence on 15 October 2011. The No Monti Day organisers have promised a non-violent protest and say they don't believe that their demonstration will be "infiltrated by Black Bloc", the violent elements that wreaked havoc in the 2011 riots.
The route of the demonstration is from the station area to Via Cavour, past Piazza Esquilino and Piazza S. Maria Maggiore and along Via Merulana to Piazza S. Giovanni. The basilicas of S. Maria Maggiore and S. Giovanni in Laterano will both be sealed off.
Two parallel protests earlier in the day are likely to converge on the main demonstration, further swelling the numbers of protesters. At 10.00 some 10,000 members of the medical profession are marching from Piazza della Repubblica to the Colosseum, while at around midday students and teachers will march towards the centre from Piazzale Aldo Moro in the city's S. Lorenzo district.
Authorities will be hoping that the forecast of heavy rain will dampen the protest.
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