This morning at 06:30 a.m. the Calabria regional council chose Catanzaro as capital of the?
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Background: This morning at 06:30 a.m. the Calabria regional council chose Catanzaro as capital of the region and as dawn broke fighting erupted in Reggio to protest against decision.
Bands-of angry youths using hit and run tactics this morning hurled fire bombs at police here and attempted to set up barricades after hearing that the rival city of Catanzaro had been named capital of the new Calabria region.
Police retaliated with barrages of the tear gas and baton charges to break up the youths and rushed in to clear the beginnings of any barricade. Tension was high throughout the city but particularly in the militant, working class suburbs of Sbarre and Santa Caterina.
Reggio's police chief, Dr. Santille told journalists this morning that some people in the Sbarre district fired shots at police removing barricades and that a man was hit by one of the bullets.