Anti-austerity protesters arrested for blocking commerce
'Pitchfork' demos 'threatened businesses into closing'17 January, 16:10
A total of 25 Puglia residents have been cited. Some allegedly forced businessmen and shopkeepers in the cities of Andria and Barletta to close down their activities on the days the protests took place last month. A local Ipercoop supermarket and an Andria-based bank are among the businesses that suffered disruption. The Pitchfork protesters are part of a nationwide movement that blames government mismanagement for Italy's continuing economic crisis and opposes austerity-driven tax hikes. They have also taken to other anti-government causes, occupying roads, squares and railways.