The day after…update on student protests in Italy

The Senate has confirmed today – The Gelmini reform will be discussed next Monday 20th December, the final vote will be on the Wednesday. Today there have been more protests.

Submitted by Italy Calling on December 15, 2010

In Naples a spontaneous demo erupted this morning, blocking the city centre. Students occupied the Anfiteatro Campano and other monuments, where they hung a banner saying “Future Thieves” (playing on the title of the famous 1948 neorealist film “Bycicle Thieves”). A public assembly has been set for this Saturday to discuss what to do in view of the Senate’s vote.

Bad news from Pisa: so far at least 33 people have been charged for various offences, ranging from criminal damage to assault. 6 of these people are believed to have taken part in the riots of 17th November. The remaining 27 people all took part to the big protests of 27th November, when students blocked the traffic and occupied the main railway station and the airport.

From Rome, the updates aren’t good either. Of the arrests made yesterday, at least 23 have been confirmed. All minors were released between last night and this morning. The remaining 23 are all between 19 and 38 years, but their identity is still not certain – up to this afternoon, their lawyers still hadn’t been allowed to contact them. A speedy trial that had been set for tomorrow 16th December has been cancelled this afternoon after the magistrate decided he wanted to “carefully examine each single case”. The possible charges are: criminal damage, assault and resisting arrest.

Info found on Italy Indymedia and Ateneinrivolta.

Translated by Italy Calling, original article on my blog:



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Submitted by Entdinglichung on December 16, 2010

an agent provocateur?

Italy Calling

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Submitted by Italy Calling on December 16, 2010

The people arrested in Rome have all been released today, one is under house arrest. For info:


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Submitted by Ed on December 17, 2010

Cheers for the update, Italy Calling! I read today (well, I read the headline, that's as far as I can get with Italian, to be honest :) ) that they'd all been released..

I just watched this absolutely mental video of police violence during the Rome demonstrators. The report is from a website called You Reporter where people can upload their videos of news happening where they are.. they get quite good coverage and sometimes the mainstream news even picks up their videos for TV..

Anyway, the above video was used by TG1 (news on Rai 1, state-run TV station).. basically, they used a video from You Reporter of police arresting a demonstrator in Rome who was lying on the floor but cut the crucial bit where police stand on him, kick him in the head etc.. The video above shows the two videos together.. it's pretty mad how cynically it's been cut (though perhaps unsurprising, especially from Rai 1)..