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Italian police broke up a gang including suspects with jihadist sympathies who charged migrants thousands of euros to rush them in speedboats across the Mediterranean from Tunisia.
High unemployment, the incessant flow of migrants and an incompetent government compelled Italians to vote for anti-elite and right-wing parties who promised lavish public spending and attractive flat tax rate.
Tens of thousands of people marched in rival far-right and anti-fascist demonstrations across Italy on Saturday, with isolated clashes erupting.
Three police officers have been injured after clashes with anti-fascist protesters in the northwestern Italian city of Turin.
Italy's President Sergio Mattarella warned Friday against the "grave risks of extreme nationalism" as the country was gripped by high racial tensions.
Italian far-right sympathiser Luca Traini, who was accused of shooting six African migrants in a racist attack, has received a wave of support from "ordinary people."
Italian Prime Minister Gentiloni said Thursday that Rome will be sending 470 soldiers to Niger to help stem the flow of Europe-bound migrants.
A group of 162 "vulnerable" refugees were flown directly from Libya to Italy on Friday for the first time.
African migrants are increasingly braving the snow-clad Alps in efforts to evade immigration police and reach France from Italy.