Rome (CNN)Thousands of people staged a sit-in overlooking Rome’s ancient forum Saturday to protest what they call the city’s degradation under the populist Five Star Movement.
Organizers estimated 22,000 people attended the peaceful protest. Police have not confirmed an official number.
The idea for Saturday’s demonstration was sparked when a city bus caught fire last May, said Emma Amiconi, one of six organizers of “Roma Dice Basta,” or Rome Says Enough. “Citizens are exasperated with daily life,” she told CNN.