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Anti-lockdown demonstrations intensified around Europe on Saturday night as protesters in hurled Molotov cocktails, bottles and rocks at police and there were also rising tensions in Barcelona and Dresden. 

Early Saturday evening in , a sit-in at the famed Campo dei Fiori ended in a clash with police as some in a crowd of a few hundred protesters began throwing bottles and firecrackers, before being dispersed by police with riot gear and truncheons.

Protesters also wielded banners, flares and the Italian flag before clashes with police saw one officer fall to the floor as others charged at demonstrators.  

In Barcelona, in Spain, protesters pelted police with rocks and other projectiles in what was a second night of disturbances in Spain's second-largest city. Small fires also broke out as demonstrators set fire to wooden pallets.

There were also clashes in capital Madrid, along with the northern city of Logroño, where 150 people attacked police with stones, set fire to containers and looted shops, according to officers. 

Although not as ill-tempered as elsewhere, there were also protests in the German city of Dresden organised by anti-lockdown group Querdenken 571. 

The protests, which were a repeat of similar scenes in the past few days came in the context of new national lockdown measures across Europe in response to rising numbers of coronavirus cases and infections. 

Anti-lockdown demonstrations intensified around Europe on Saturday night as protesters in Rome hurled Molotov cocktails, bottles and rocks at police and there were also rising tensions in Barcelona and Berlin. Pictured: Protesters in Rome, Italy

Anti-lockdown demonstrations intensified around Europe on Saturday night as protesters in hurled Molotov cocktails, bottles and rocks at police and there were also rising tensions in Barcelona and Berlin. Pictured: Protesters in ,

In Barcelona, in Spain, protesters pelted police with rocks and other projectiles in what was a second night of disturbances in Spain's second-largest city. Small fires also broke out as demonstrators set fire to wooden pallets

In Barcelona, in Spain, protesters pelted police with rocks and other projectiles in what was a second night of disturbances in Spain's second-largest city. Small fires also broke out as demonstrators set fire to wooden pallets

Small fires also broke out on the streets of Barcelona as demonstrators set fire to wooden pallets during clashes with police

Small fires also broke out on the streets of Barcelona as demonstrators set fire to wooden pallets during clashes with police

Overturned trash bins are seen on the road during a protest against the closure of bars and gyms, amidst the coronavirus outbreak in Madrid

Overturned trash bins are seen on the road during a protest against the closure of bars and gyms, amidst the coronavirus outbreak in Madrid

Police officers guard a metro during one of the protests on Saturday as Madrid erupted in demonstrations as the weekend got underway

Police officers guard a metro during one of the protests on Saturday as Madrid erupted in demonstrations as the weekend got underway

Police officers in their black uniforms stand below a towering building in the Spanish capital Madrid on Saturday night during the protests

Police officers in their black uniforms stand below a towering building in the Spanish capital Madrid on Saturday night during the protests

Protesters set up a barricade on Granvia Avenue during a protest against the government's coronavirus restrictions in Madrid

Protesters set up a barricade on Granvia Avenue during a protest against the government's coronavirus restrictions in Madrid

A trash bin and other objects are seen on fire during a protest against the closure of bars and gyms, amidst the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Madrid, Spain, November 1

A trash bin and other objects are seen on fire during a protest against the closure of bars and gyms, amidst the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Madrid, Spain, November 1

Police officers stand guard during a protest in Madrid early on November 1. There were clashes in capital Madrid, along with the northern city of Logroño, where 150 people attacked police with stones, set fire to containers and looted shops, according to officer

Police officers stand guard during a protest in Madrid early on November 1. There were clashes in capital Madrid, along with the northern city of Logroño, where 150 people attacked police with stones, set fire to containers and looted shops, according to officer

Protesters set up barricade on Granvia Avenue during a protest against the government's coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic restrictions in Madrid

Protesters set up barricade on Granvia Avenue during a protest against the government's coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic restrictions in Madrid

Protesters set up barricade on Granvia Avenue during a protest against the government's coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic restrictions in Madrid, Spain on November 1

Protesters set up barricade on Granvia Avenue during a protest against the government's coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic restrictions in Madrid, Spain on November 1

Police officers take security measures during a protest against the government's coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic restrictions on Granvia Avenue in Madrid

Police officers take security measures during a protest against the government's coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic restrictions on Granvia Avenue in Madrid

In , as well as the clashes in , there were also protests in Naples and Turin to criticise a new series of restrictions to aimed at stopping an alarming rise in coronavirus cases, even as the government considers more stringent measures to be announced as early as Monday.

They came as the country reported 31,758 new cases of the virus, a new daily record. The number of new fatalities stood at 297, nearly 100 more than the figure announced on Friday.   

The protests in 's capital came a day after an unauthorised nighttime demonstration in the Renaissance city of Florence turned violent, when police sought to prohibit about 200 people from entering in the central Piazza della Signoria.

Clashes broke out between riot police and protesters, some of whom hurled Molotov cocktails, bottles and rocks, overturning trash bins and breaking security cameras.

Although not as ill-tempered as elsewhere, there were also protests in the German city of Dresden organised by anti-lockdown group Querdenken 571

Although not as ill-tempered as elsewhere, there were also protests in the German city of Dresden organised by anti-lockdown group Querdenken 571

The clashes in Italy came as the country reported 31,758 new cases of the virus, a new daily record. The number of new fatalities stood at 297, nearly 100 more than the figure announced on Friday. Pictured: A woman passes by as protesters clash with police in Rome on Saturday

The clashes in came as the country reported 31,758 new cases of the virus, a new daily record. The number of new fatalities stood at 297, nearly 100 more than the figure announced on Friday. Pictured: A woman passes by as protesters clash with police in on Saturday

Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese said on Saturday that some of those protesting were seeking to exploit the coronavirus emergency

Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese said on Saturday that some of those protesting were seeking to exploit the coronavirus emergency

Newspaper Lamorgese said the demonstrators included young people with criminal records, football hooligans and extreme-right activists who 'find an opportunity to exploit legitimate demonstrations

Newspaper Lamorgese said the demonstrators included young people with criminal records, football hooligans and extreme-right activists who 'find an opportunity to exploit legitimate demonstrations

Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese said on Saturday that some of those protesting were seeking to exploit the coronavirus emergency.

'Unfortunately there are violent fringe elements trying to infiltrate the plazas in order to exploit the social and economic discomfort of this difficult moment,' Lamorgese told Il Foglio newspaper.

Lamorgese said the demonstrators included young people with criminal records, football hooligans and extreme-right activists who 'find an opportunity to exploit legitimate demonstrations.'

In Bologna some 50 miles (80 kilometres) away, a few

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