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More than 1,000 Africans fled a southern Italian town over the weekend after a wave of violence against migrant farm workers as Pope Benedict XVI condemned the assaults on immigrants.

An investigation was under way to establish whether local organised crime groups were involved in clashes that left 67 people injured in the Calabrian town of Rosarno — 31 of them migrants, 19 police officers and 17 locals.

Calm was generally restored Sunday after two days of unrest

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