The organisers of a combined demonstration in Rome against terrorism and proposed labour reforms say that more than two million people are taking part in the event. Nine thousand buses and 60 special trains have brought people to the capital from all corners of Italy.

The protest was arranged by the country's biggest trade union. It was originally intended as a show of force against the government's plans to revise the labour laws. It was widened into a demonstration against terrorism after the murder last Tuesday of an economic adviser who had helped to write the new legislation.