Italian Student Protests Erupt in Several Cities
Common Dreams — Thousands of students clashed with riot police Friday in protest of deep cuts to education. “Save schools, not banks,” students chanted referencing the government’s austerity measures which, they say, are destroying their chances of getting a good education and valuable work.
Young people gathered in cities up and down Italy and protests turned violent in Milan, Turin, and Rome—where police said several officers were injured. Footage of the protests shows police in riot gear charging into walls of students.
Student protestor Matteo told Euronews:
“We take to the streets not only to say that we reject these austerity politics, but also to bring to the public’s attention the problems of our education system, to remind people that schools are an important part of society and we can’t do without them,” he said.