Interior minister condemns violence at 'pitchfork' protests
'Disrespect for law and order crosses the line'10 December, 19:45
"The line in the sand is respect for law and order and democracy, meaning we'll support those who protest peacefully, but it must be done in accordance with the law. We won't allow our cities to go up in flames," he said. Acts of violence have so far ranged from assaults on tax revenue agencies and rock throwing at police, 14 of whom were injured in demonstrations by the end of Monday. Alfano also denounced demonstrators swarming stores and shopping malls, forcing shoppers out and scaring owners into closing. "Such threats are unacceptable," he said.