Police side with demonstrators

This is the video at the centre of furious controversy this morning. Italian cops in full riot gear remove their helmets in what was taken to be a sign of solidarity with the so-called ‘Pitchfork’ protesters – a heterogeneous group that includes farmers, lorry drivers and unemployed workers that on December 9 staged demonstrations, some of them violent, in numerous Italian towns and cities. It’s not quite as it seems because the protest had a distinctly right-wing flavour. One of the ‘Pitchfork’ demonstrations was joined by ‘Ultras’ (organised and often far-right football fans).