March 24, 2002 |
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered Saturday to protest efforts by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to make it easier to fire workers. They also denounced the assassination of a government advisor on labor reform. Union leaders claimed that at least 2 million people heeded their call for the rally in the Italian capital, but the number appeared to be far smaller. Rome's police headquarters put the count at more than 700,000.