Hundreds of workers from Alcoa's Sardinia aluminum plant, which the company plans to shut down, have scuffled with riot police in central Rome during a march that was organized to demand that the government save their factory.
The scuffles broke out on Monday when demonstrators tried to break through a line of security forces blocking their way, The Associated Press reported.
The protesters said the closure of the Alcoa plant on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia would lead to thousands of job losses and stated that they are ready to fight to prevent the closure.
The factory employs about 500 workers, with an additional 1,000 workers directly dependent on the plant. It produces about 150,000 tons of primary aluminum every year.
The US corporation Alcoa says high production costs and excessive financial losses have made the Sardinia plant unprofitable.
Alcoa has announced that it will close the factory on December 31.
However, there is still a glimmer of hope for the factory’s workers since the Swiss multinational Glencore has expressed interest in saving the plant, although meetings between the corporation’s management and Italian government officials have not led to a deal so far.