Clashes between Italian riot police and demonstrators protesting against austerity and labor reforms in the recession-hit country have left two people wounded at the opening night of Milan’s La Scala opera house.
The Sunday protest rally turned violent after hundreds of protesters threw flares and Molotov cocktails at baton-wielding police in front of La Scala.
The protesters, including students and activists, chanted anti-government slogans, while carrying banners reading "fight the power," and "we resist."
The demonstrators also demanded more social housing and funds for schools and culture. The protest came following a series of squat evictions by authorities.
The opening night of La Scala is one of the most glittering events on Europe's cultural calendar, attended by leading figures of Italian industry, fashion, and politics.