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    Posted December 9, 2013 by
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    Tempers flare over taxes and unemployment in Turin


    It was a mixture of fear and curiosity that took me into the town centre of Turin today where I found one of the main shopping streets barricaded with Police riot vans and bricks that had been thrown, on the ground. Most of the local shops were closed and some windows had been smashed by the more "fired up" protesters.


    Luckily I came just after the tear gas had been fired on the crowds that were getting more and more angry as the day went on.


    Thousands of farmers, truckers and unemployed people blocked the traffic and walked on the train lines and others gathered outside the Piedmont Regional Council building in search of answers that still haven't been given.


    The euro zone's No. 3 economy is in deep recession, youth unemployment is more than 40 percent, and business failures are up nearly 10 percent from last year.


    The situation here is getting worse and worse and many young people are leaving the country in search of employment in other European countries.

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