Italy protests against Berlusconi
Crowds gathered in Rome today to protest against the government of Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's prime minister.
They protested against Mr. Berlusconi taking Italy too far right and opposition said he was incapable of handling Italy's social and financial crises.
This was the biggest demonstration, held at Circus Maximus, since Mr. Berlusconi took office in April.
Estimates of the exact numbers taking part vary from hundreds of thousands to more than two million.
Either way, it was a substantial turn-out from Italy's left-of-centre opposition.
Its leader, Walter Veltroni, told the crowd that Italy was becoming more fascist under Mr Berlusconi.
Mr Veltroni has been relatively invisible since April's elections which returned Mr Berlusconi to power.
The prime minister's policies against crime and illegal immigration especially have earned him high ratings in the polls.
But those measures and others in education which involve cutting funds to universities and holding separate classes for immigrant children who can't speak Italian, have started to galvanise the opposition again.