Weary Italy vents its rage in spate of strikes and protest

November 19, 2014 6:15 PM

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Weary Italy vents its rage in spate of strikes and protest

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's social fabric is fraying. People worn down by years of economic stagnation and austerity are suddenly giving vent to their frustrations with a spate of strikes and spontaneous protests which have taken politicians by surprise.

Scarcely a day goes by without Italy's main cities being disrupted by workers, students or angry citizens' groups. Center-left Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has been wrong-footed by the souring mood and his approval ratings are falling.

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