INTRODUCTION An estimated 25,000 students took to the streets of Rome on Thursday (10 February) to protest against the Italian government's proposed reform of the university and secondary school system.
GV EXTERIOR PAN FROM: University TO demonstrating students with banners and placards.
SV PAN: onlookers and police.
GV PAN: cars halted by demonstration to demonstrators marching past. (2 shots)
SV: Communist flags being carried by demonstrators. (2 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION An estimated 25,000 students took to the streets of Rome on Thursday (10 February) to protest against the Italian government's proposed reform of the university and secondary school system.
SYNOPSIS: The students claimed the reforms were "Fascist attempts to revive a strategy of tension" in Italy. The march paralysed traffic in the centre of Rome for about two hours and, as police watched over the demonstration, a series of fire bombings and shop raids took place in other parts of Rome.
The students had staged a mass walk out in Rome, while students in other cities like Milan, Naples, Pisa, Turin and Cagliari, continued the occupation of school and university buildings. The situation has been aggravated at Rome's University by chronic overcrowding. It was built to hold 40,000 students but currently has about 120,000.
The wave of unrest is thought to reflect the frustration of students who have practically no prospects of future employment. Some officials say that about 700,000 final year students will be jobless by the end off the year.
The demonstration followed one last week which resulted in six people being taken to hospital suffering from gunshot wounds. There is also, a large body of students in favour of the reforms.