Leaning Tower of Pisa Protests Against Government Reforms Continue

By on Nov 26, 2010 in Europe, World Comments

Italy – According to several international news sites, student protesters continue their stand in at the Leaning Tower of Pisa. For a second day on Thursday, teachers and students opposing the government reforms staged their protest in cities across Italy.

Leaning Tower of Pisa
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It was reported that the entrance to the Colosseum in Rome and the Leaning Tower of Pisa were blocked by the student protesters. The students opposed the spending cuts planned by the government of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Some 2,000 students marched in the northern university town of Pisa and formed a human chain around the Leaning Tower of Pisa preventing tourists from coming in.

It was reported that some demonstrators and police clashed in Bologna, Milan and Florence. Some protesters blocked traffic and set off smoke bombs in Palermo and Turin while others occupied university buildings in Ancona, Cagliari and Naples.

Mariastella Gelmini, Italian Education Minister defended the reform package. She said that it would make universities more efficient and meritocratic.

During the protest, some students chanted “resign, resign,” a call that was said to be directed at Gelmini.

The protests were the latest of the demonstrations and came after thousands of students rallied in London on Wednesday against university fees hike.

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