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Italy coalition: Thousands rally in Rome against cuts

18 May 2013 Last updated at 16:50 BST

Thousands of protesters, led by trade unionists, have rallied in the Italian capital Rome against the policies of the new coalition government.

Wielding red flags and placards, they urged the centre-left Prime Minister, Enrico Letta, to scrap austerity measures and focus on job creation.

Public trust in his fragile coalition with the centre-right is dropping, opinion polls suggest.

The country is experiencing its longest recession in more than 40 years.