Last night the Chamber of Deputies approved the Gelmini reform. 307 votes in favour, 252 against, 7 abstained. The reform will be passed over to the Senate on 9th December for its 3rd reading, then to the Chamber of Deputies again for the final vote.
The mainstream media's accounts of what happened in manchester on wednesday 24th november have been laughably inaccurate. The 3000-strong peaceful demonstration is a work of pure fiction. What follows is my personal account of what really took place.
Student protests literally exploded all over Italy to block the approval of the new infamous Gelmini reform, which aims at privatising the university and turning it into a profit-making machine. Thousands and thousands of students have held demonstrations all over the peninsula and occupied university buildings.