Riot Police Fire Tear Gas as Rome as 'Occupy Wall Street'-Inspired Protests Turn Violent

A protest against financial institutions that drew tens of thousands of supporters on Saturday took a violent turn as packs of hooded youths waged a city-wide street fight with police.

Hundreds of young people launched cobblestones, firecrackers and flares at columns of police who responded with water cannons and tear gas. Police said at least two people, including a police officer who suffered a broken leg, were hurt so far in the clashes, adding that it was still too early to report on the extent of the violence.

In Rome, Italian police fired tear gas and water cannons at protesters. A demonstration against corporate greed turned into a riot Saturday. Protesters smashed shop and bank windows also torched cars and hurled bottles.