Protesters blame Five Star Movement mayor Virginia Raggi for failing to clean up city

Several thousand people demonstrated in the centre of Rome to denounce the ragged state of the Italian capital, where roads are potholed, rubbish often goes uncollected and wild boar roam the streets.

Under the hashtag #romadicebasta (“Rome says enough”) residents’ associations and civil society groups banded together to organise Saturday’s protest, drawing between 5,000 and 8,000 people.

Critics say the city has been in decline for years and accuse the mayor, Virginia Raggi, who took office in 2016, of failing to fulfil campaign promises to clean up the mess.