During our walk about Rome today, we came upon a large police presence at the Piazza Venezia, where the memorial to Victor Emmannuel and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier are. Investigating further, we discovered that we had happened upon yet another demonstration (does bees to honey attraction sound familiar?). Talking with a number of folks around this demonstration, we learned that the participants were protesting the fairly large number of illegal immigrants that have moved into Italy
There were approximately 300 law enforcement personnel from different agencies surrounding Piazza Venezia to help keep the peace.
The sound truck leading the demonstrators.
There appeared to be several waves of protestors in this demonstration.
By our very unscientific estimation, there appeared to be around 3000 demonstrators.
The effigy with the Pinocchio costume attached is some politician the demonstrators hold somewhat responsible for their troubles, we assumed.