Bush to Face Huge Anti-War Demonstration in Italy

A03857415.jpgTEHRAN (FNA)- US President Bush cannot find a hearty welcome in the streets of Rome during his upcoming visit to Italy, where anti-Bush sentiment over the war in Iraq still lingers.

The Rome protests are evidence that the Italian public still opposes the Bush administration.

Italy’s troops in the war-torn Iraq have not come back home, and Berlusconi, recently elected to his third stint in power since 1994, has pledged not to send any back.

Italy, along with Germany, France and Spain, have restricted their troops to less dangerous areas in northern Afghanistan. That has caused a rift because other NATO members are deployed in the more violent regions of the nation. The Italian government is reviewing the restrictions and Berlusconi’s office said the premier would talk to Bush about that when they meet.

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