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Thousands of protest conditions and infrastructure in Rome



  Protesters in Rome October 2018

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The hashtag "romadicebasta" (Rome says enough) has attracted attention in social media

Thousands of people have gone on the streets of Rome to protest against the run-down state of the Italian capital.

Protesters gathered in front of City Hall to indict Mayor Virginia Raggi for failing to tackle issues such as garbage and potholes.

Ms. Raggi took control of Rome for the Five Star Movement (M5S) in 201

6, which formed a national coalition government earlier this year.

Her popularity has dropped after she has not dealt with the problems of the indebted city.

On Saturday, protesters gathered and waved orange plastic nets to help authorities close down areas of damaged roads, dangerous sidewalks, and fallen trees.

Other issues facing the city are rats and wild boar roaming the streets and poor transportation services – reports have it that 20 buses have been set on fire this year alone.

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Some of them use the orange network used by the authorities to block potholes

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Many accuse Mayor Virginia Raggi of not doing more to repair the city

The protest follows the collapse of an escalator at one of the main metro stations that injured more than 20 people earlier this week.

Many were Russian fans of CSKA Moscow, who played for their Champions League match against Roma.

Rome's first mayor makes progress in tackling the city's problems and needs more time to finish the job.

But critics say that things get worse, not better.

The hashtag #romadicebasta, or Rome says enough in English, has evolved after a series of shocking incidents in the Eternal City.

The police arrested three migrants after a body of a 16-year-old girl was found in an abandoned building. She was drugged and the gang raped.

Videos posted on the Internet have shown how wild boars run through the streets and throw themselves on garbage.

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According to reports, up to 8,000 people reportedly participated in the demonstration

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The Romans had enough

Ms. Raggi took office after corruption scandals damaged the reputation of traditional parties in public.

But she is now in court for allegedly abusing her power over appointing her government.

A verdict will be heard on 10 November, and Ms Raggi says she will resign if she is convicted – which could lead to new elections.

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Media caption Rome's garbage: people trying to solve the problem


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