Anti-fascist demonstrators have clashed with police in the northern Italian city of Turin.

Police fired water cannons Thursday night against the demonstrators, who were marching as the far-right CasaPound party was meeting in Turin.

On Thursday, Premier Paolo Gentiloni expressed full confidence that police could contain the spasm of vandalism and violence that has marked the final days of the campaign leading up to March 4 elections. Polls indicate a center-right coalition, which includes right-wing, anti-immigrant and nationalist parties could win.

A series of anti-fascist marches were organized around the country recently, taking particular aim at racist tones following the shooting of six African migrants by a far-right sympathizer in the city of Macerata.