The Voice of Russia
Sun, 30 Sep 2012 11:16 CDT
Some 30,000 public employees have taken to the streets of Rome to protest against the government policy of belt-tightening.
The general strike was organized by Italy's two biggest unions.
The protesters demanded that the government give up its reform programme slashing government spending, including expenditures on social programmes.
The austerity measures also provide for tax increases and job cuts.