March for refugees in Venice as nationwide demos sweep Italy

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Thousands of people marched symbolically barefoot through Venice on Friday, as part of a nationwide protest in solidarity with the refugees currently arriving on the shores of Europe in a bid to escape war and economic crises. At over 60 other locations throughout Italy, including Rome, Naples, Bologna, Genoa, Milan and Turin, thousands of people held similar events. Over 430,000 migrants and refugees have crossed the Mediterranean and landed on European shores in 2015 alone, with southern Europe seeing the majority of arrivals. Italy is currently host to a large percentage of those arriving, while the International Organization for Migration estimates that some 2,738 migrants have lost their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean this year.