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Napolitano urges 'maximum attention' to people in hardship

President warns of 'social malaise' that may turn violent

16 December, 17:38
Napolitano urges 'maximum attention' to people in hardship (ANSA) - Rome, December 16 - Italian President Giorgio Napolitano called Monday for "maximum attention" to be paid to people who live in "hardship" and poverty.

Otherwise, the frustration and "social malaise" of people who feel marginalized may spill over into violence protests, the president warned.

He spoke amid anti-government and anti-austerity protests around Italy, many organized by the so-called Pitchfork Movement in the past several days.

Some have been violence but movement organizers have said that with as many as "eight million demonstrators" they cannot control everyone.

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