Tense moments at the students' march in Turin. When the protesters tried to deviate from the authorized route, two bottles and other objects were thrown at the police who responded with a lightening charge and a few truncheons. Some protesters complained of minor injuries. A group of protesters gathered in Lagrange Square and lit smoke bombs. At the end of the students' demonstration in Turin in Piazza Castello, three young people with their faces covered by the traditional Palestinian keffiyeh scarf burned an Israeli flag, amid applause from those present and slogans in favor of Palestine. A total of 500 people, students and antagonists took part in the march.
Video Turin, tensions between students and police at the demonstration
Students on the Leaning Tower of Pisa with Palestine flag
Blitz of about fifteen students adhering to the antagonistic movements who broke into the Leaning Tower of Pisa, passing the controls, and displayed a maxi flag of Palestine from the most famous bell tower in the world. They also lit a couple of smoke bombs before descending. No damage has been reported. According to what was reconstructed by the police headquarters, they acted at the end of a pacifist march made up of about 500 people who this morning crossed the main streets of the center to Piazza dei Miracoli. The blitz lasted a few minutes and ended in an orderly manner. Arriving in front of the bell tower, a small group of students also took the police and the security guards of the Leaning Tower by surprise, managing to enter the monument by force. They climbed a few floors before unfurling a large banner in the colors of Palestine to express solidarity with the Palestinian population for the Israeli bombing of Gaza. The Digos and the forensic police, through the videos, will try to identify the perpetrators, but, according to what has been learned, they could be reported to the Public Prosecutor's Office only if the Opera Primaziale Pisana, which guards the heritage of Piazza dei Miracoli, decides to file a lawsuit for the illegal intrusion.
"Square of Miracles is Palestine Square". This is how the Autonomous University Collective of Pisa claimed with a note this morning's student blitz on the Leaning Tower, where a group of young people eluded the security guards by entering the monument and waved a maxi flag of Palestine and lit colored smoke bombs before descending without causing damage to the most famous bell tower in the world. The student demonstration, reads the leaflet, was proclaimed to demand a "ceasefire and freedom for Palestine" and to denounce that "the responsibilities of the genocide that Israel is carrying out after 75 years of colonization, pass through the political and military support of the Italian government, from the sending and sale of weapons to the Zionist army, from our silent and complicit universities in the face of a massacre, for their agreements with Israeli universities, for our schools steeped in militarism." Finally, the Autonomous University Collective of Pisa has proclaimed "a student and citizen assembly for next Tuesday at 16 p.m. at Sapienza University to discuss and build together the solidarity that our city can and must bring to the Palestinian people"
Milan students march, red paint against banks and shops
During the students' march that took place today through the streets of the center of Milan, balloons of red paint were launched through the streets of the center of Milan on the windows of banks and some clothing stores, in particular in the central Via Manzoni. The repercussions on traffic in the Lombard capital are inevitable and there are longer waits for public transport (some lines have been diverted). The vehicles are now returning to normal circulation.
In Bologna, students burn photos of Meloni and Schlein
Burned photos of Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, Democratic Party Secretary Elly Schelin, Mayor Matteo Lepore and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It happened in Bologna during the student demonstration that took place this morning on the occasion of the general strike. "Against the school cage" and to give "solidarity to Palestine", reads one of the banners displayed by the students, about 200 (among them also some university students of 'Cambiare Rotta'), who left shortly after 9 a.m. from Piazza San Francesco. "Free Palestine" and "If the intifada doesn't change here too" were the most popular chants, there were also many slogans against the government and also against the Democratic Party "which organizes the blue helmets". Once they arrived in Via Marconi, the students tried to reach Piazza Maggiore, where the trade unions were organizing, but the police prevented them from doing so with a blockade in Via Rizzoli.
Unibo students with tents and placards in front of the university took to the streets for the national student strike. "For years we have been experiencing a progressive impoverishment - said Arianna Castronovo, coordinator of the student union Sig (Independent Law Students) - in Bologna and in the university cities we are experiencing high rents and an unsustainable cost of living, while the government does not invest in student housing and cuts more than 250 million on scholarships". For students, "this situation makes university accessible only to those who can afford it, not to mention structural disinvestment in public education. We raise a loud cry for the revival of public education and we do it for our future, for that of the whole country."
Naples, students take to the streets against school reform and pro-Palestine
The procession of students from Campania in adherence to the international student strike started from Piazza Garibaldi in Naples. The demonstration was opened by a banner with the words 'Educational poverty and Zionism. All thanks to you. Stop genocide and stop Valditara reform. There were many Palestinian flags waving and placards calling for an end to the war and freedom for the Palestinian people, including 'From the River to the sea. Palestine will be free'. The students took to the streets to demonstrate, they say, against the "school model of the Meloni government" and in favor of the right to study. A group of demonstrators broke away from the main march and headed to the headquarters of Fratelli d'Italia where they put up a banner that says 'Meloni government criminal, those who abstain are accomplices
Students take to the streets in Rome, 'Free Palestine'
It was to the cry of "Free Palestine" the demonstration called in Rome by the students of Cambiare rotta and Osa on the day of the general strike. "From occupations to squares" and "For a new public school" are some banners displayed in a square. Some protesters wear keffiyehs and wave the Palestinian flag. "If the intifada doesn't change here too," some shout. Chants against Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and against the CGIL. The procession, which started from Piramide, arrived at the Ministry of Education in Trastevere.
Cagliari student parade, 'schools in accordance with the law and efficient transport'
Not just a general strike. In Cagliari, hundreds of students have deserted their classes and many of them have crossed the city to demand schools in accordance with the law and efficient transport. Gathering in Piazza Giovanni XXIII, then the procession took the ascent of Via dei Giudicati in the direction of Via Cadello for a sit-in in front of the headquarters of the metropolitan city of Cagliari. "The schools in our city are tired of the negligence of the institutions. - explains Sara Naciri, coordinator of the Union of Students of Cagliari - In recent months, the strong need to be heard by the competent bodies has prompted many young people from the various institutes of the metropolitan city of Cagliari, to meet in assembly to seek a solution to the common problem". A demonstration with slogans and protest signs. "The voice of the students," Naciri denounces, "does not receive the political weight it rightfully deserves. During the assemblies we collected the opinions of the students of Cagliari. The data show that there are clear common issues, on issues such as construction, transport, hygiene and psychological well-being." "We are packaged with a stencil - the boys shouted - no one cares more about the self-determination of the individual. Schools are now factories that have forgotten that we are not products to be displayed on the shelves."
FGC, students take to the streets against the government in more than 40 cities
Middle school and university students from more than 40 cities in Italy took to the streets today "against the anti-people policies of the Meloni government", in response to the appeal launched by the Communist Youth Front. This was announced by the organization itself, explaining that at the center of the protests is the reform of the school wanted by Minister Valditara and "the condemnation of the complicity of the Italian government in the massacre that is taking place in Palestine." "With the Meloni government's school reform, public education goes back 50 years and another great gift is given to companies - declares Simon Vial, head of schools at the FGC - The reduction of the duration of the school course to 4 years for technicians and professionals and the incentive of school-work with the creation of 'school-company campuses' are a very heavy slap in the face to the 200 thousand students who took to the streets last year after the death of 3 of their peers in internships. The reform also provides for the incentive of repressive measures in schools, making it easier to fail for the behavior grade. They want to silence the students who are fighting for a better future, but they will not succeed" "What is happening these days in Palestine cannot leave us indifferent - continues Simon Vial - 10 thousand people have been killed, of which over 4000 were children, with targeted bombings of schools and hospitals. The Meloni government, which promotes an absolutely pejorative reform for schools, which is becoming the spokesperson for anti-people policies on our skin, is the same government that shows unconditional support for the death plans of Netanyahu's government and that is making itself an accomplice to the war crimes carried out by Israel against the Palestinian people. The students know which side they are on, and today's mobilizations send a clear message: let's stop the massacre, let's stop the Valditara reform!"
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