Dozens of protestors arrested in Rome ahead of G8 summit 2009-07-08 00:35:34   Print

    ROME, July 7 (Xinhua) -- Italian police detained 36 demonstrators in the capital city on Tuesday in the clashes against the upcoming Group of Eight (G8) summit.

    Protesters with covered faces and helmets blocked roads, threw bottles and stones towards police vehicles, and set fire to tires and garbage bins outside the University of Rome.

    Among the arrested, 11 were detained with various charges, while the rest would be released, local media quoted a policeman as saying.

    Several demonstrations are due to be held in different Italian cities to protest against the G8 summit, which is scheduled from Wednesday to Friday in quake-hit L'Aquila, a central Italian city.

    Italian authorities mobilized around 15,000 police officers and other security forces to safeguard the summit, which is expected to attract more than 3,000 journalist, delegates and observers.

    The leaders from Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States will also meet with the representatives of China, India,

    Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and Egypt to discuss economic issues, climate change, and the development of Africa.

    This is the fifth time that Italy hosts the G8 summit.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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