TURIN, ITALY – Italian riot police in Turin are just as fed up with the state of the country as the citizens they were supposed to be restraining. While demonstrators were marching down the street, riot police headed to the front and removed their helmets, joining the chanting throngs.
The anti-EU demonstrators were protesting problems echoing our own country’s. The state of the economy, the single currency, and fuel prices have been plaguing Italy, causing widespread unemployment and failed businesses. People from all walks of life joined this march, from truckers to students.
The ‘Pitchfork Movement’, which began as a group of Sicilian farmers calling for government reforms, has exploded into a nationwide revolution condemning banks, Equitalia (the Italian tax agency), the European Union, and the Socialist-backed minority government.
“Many share the protesters’ anger and at one point police officers in Turin took off their helmets, in a show of solidarity,” Euronews reports.
This change of heart amongst police has been prevalent in the media lately. Recently, Thai police laid down their shields, barricades and helmets and allowed protestors to peacefully march on the Bangkok Metropolitan Police Bureau. The good will was palpable as both sides realized they were both fighting for the same cause; to end government corruption.
American police, take note.