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Protesters clash with police in Bologna where Berlusconi is meeting right-wing leader

  • Blood runs down the face of a wounded protester after clashes between demonstrators and riot police, in Bologna, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Bologna to protest the arrival of Northern League leader Matteo Salvini, whom they decried as a racist for his anti-migrant views, and his meeting with former premier Silvio Berlusconi. (Massimo Percossi/AP via ANSA) ITALY OUT

    Blood runs down the face of a wounded protester after clashes between demonstrators and riot police, in Bologna, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Bologna to protest the arrival of Northern League leader Matteo Salvini, whom they decried as a racist for his anti-migrant views, and his meeting with former premier Silvio Berlusconi. (Massimo Percossi/AP via ANSA) ITALY OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Riot police and protesters clash in Bologna, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Bologna to protest the arrival of Northern League leader Matteo Salvini, whom they decried as a racist for his anti-migrant views, and his meeting with former premier Silvio Berlusconi. (Massimo Percossi/AP via ANSA) ITALY OUT

    Riot police and protesters clash in Bologna, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Bologna to protest the arrival of Northern League leader Matteo Salvini, whom they decried as a racist for his anti-migrant views, and his meeting with former premier Silvio Berlusconi. (Massimo Percossi/AP via ANSA) ITALY OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Protesters hold signs with writing in Italian reading, from top, "Bologna is half-caste, free, and supportive! First Padania? First Italians? First you leave the better!" as they march and shout slogans, in Bologna, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Bologna to protest the arrival of Northern League leader Matteo Salvini, whom they decried as a racist for his anti-migrant views, and his meeting with former premier Silvio Berlusconi. The demonstrators clashed briefly with police. (Giorgio Benvenuti/AP via ANSA) ITALY OUT

    Protesters hold signs with writing in Italian reading, from top, "Bologna is half-caste, free, and supportive! First Padania? First Italians? First you leave the better!" as they march and shout slogans, in Bologna, Italy, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Bologna to protest the arrival of Northern League leader Matteo Salvini, whom they decried as a racist for his anti-migrant views, and his meeting with former premier Silvio Berlusconi. The demonstrators clashed briefly with police. (Giorgio Benvenuti/AP via ANSA) ITALY OUT  (The Associated Press)

Hundreds of demonstrators protesting against a meeting between Silvio Berlusconi and a right-wing political leader have clashed briefly with police in the northern Italian city of Bologna.

Clashes ensued Sunday when demonstrators kicked riot police shields, and police responded by forcing them back with batons. Italian news reports said at least one agent was injured.

Hundreds gathered to protest the arrival of Northern League leader Matteo Salvini, whom they decry as a racist for his anti-migrant views. Saboteurs overnight set fire to railway cables that shut down the heavily traveled Bologna-Milan line for several hours. They left behind anti-racist graffiti.

Berlusconi, who has been largely sidelined from politics since his tax fraud conviction, was meeting Salvini to discuss an alliance to unseat the Democratic Party in the next election.