Thousands of protesters rally in the center of Rome to demand the resignation of its mayor over the Italian capital’s decrepit infrastructure.
Critics say the city has been in decline for years and accuse Mayor Virginia Raggi, who took office in 2016, of failing to fulfill campaign promises to clean up the mess.
Raggi is a member of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and was swept to power following a wave of public disgust over corruption scandals that had battered previous administrations run by both traditional left and right-wing parties.
The first female mayor in the history of the city, Raggi says she needs more time to overcome Rome’s myriad problems, but argues that she is already making good progress.
A strike by rubbish collectors has left many trash cans overflowing, potholes riddle the roads, while the local transport system is in permanent crisis.
Under the hashtag #romadicebasta (“Rome says enough”) residents’ associations and civil society groups banded together to organize Saturday’s protest.
Raggi is standing trial for alleged abuse of office over a contested appointment within her administration. She has denied the accusation, but said she will resign if she is found guilty. A verdict is due on November 10.