03/28/2008 02:44 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Tens Of Thousands Protest Bigger US Military Base In Italy

Tens of thousands of Italians under heavy police guard protested on Saturday against the expansion of a U.S. military base that has divided the center-left government.

Leftists who last year voted for Prime Minister Romano Prodi, an Iraq war opponent, turned out in droves to decry his approval for U.S. plans to expand the military base in the city of Vicenza, home to the 173rd Airborne Brigade.

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