A protester with an Italian flag slows down traffic in downtown Milan, Italy, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. For the first time in the five years of Italy’s economic crisis, grass-roots protests ... more 
A protester with an Italian flag slows down traffic in downtown Milan, Italy, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. For the first time in the five years of Italy’s economic crisis, grass-roots protests expressing frustration if not bald anger at the political class are spreading through Italy. Students are marching through cities and towns, small business owners are blocking highway entrances and demonstrators have even tried to close the border to France. The protests, in their fourth day Thursday, are an expression of the deepening pain spread by Italy’s recession. They are not organized by any political movement or labor union, but rather claim to be a collection of disaffected workers, business owners and youth who feel the nation’s politicians and institutions are not responding to the crisis. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Antonio Calanni
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 12:30 PM EST