Italy elections: Rival rallies spark tensions ahead of vote

Thousands of police have been deployed for protests in Rome, Milan and other Italian cities tasked with preventing clashes between anti-fascist and far-right protesters during an election campaign that has increasingly been marred by violence.

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    Dozens of protests have taken place across Italy as tensions rise in the run-up to next weekend's election.

    Matteo Salvini, leader of the anti-immigrant Lega Nord party (also known as the Northern League) addressed thousands of supporters in Milan.

    But in Rome, protesters rallied against what they fear is a return to Italy's fascist past.

    Al Jazeera's Sonia Gallego reports from Milan.


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