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Demo for the right to housing in Rome ends in clashes, one injured

A 20-year old young woman lying on the ground with her face covered in blood: this happened yesterday in Rome, when a rally demanding more public housing was brutally charged by the police.

Unemployed shoots during new cabinet’s oath

Information has started circulating about Luigi Prieti, the man who opened fire early today against a group of carabinieri guarding Palazzo Chigi, the Palace of the Italian Government, injuring two police officers, Francesco Negri and Giuseppe Giangrande (who is in a critical condition and may be permanently paralysed).

Like father, like son: Fascists of the 3rd Millennium in Italy

Two policemen are under investigation for covering up a fascist brawl that involved Rome’s Mayor’s son, Manfredi Alemanno.

School and anti-fascist demonstrations, November 24

On November 24 2012, three different demonstrations took place in Rome and in other cities.

Over Mother’s Day, Catholic and neo-fascist organizations demand an end to abortion

Forza Nuova bloc

Thousands of people marched on Rome on Mother’s Day morning, 13 May, to demand the ban of abortion in Italy.

Accusations against housing movements in Rome demolished by Tribunal

In September 2009, hundreds of Carabinieri stormed a school in the Magliana area of Rome and arrested dozens of people who were occupying it. The charges made against them were super harsh: organised crime, extortion, possession of weapons, theft, assaulting police officers, and more.

Occupy Rome – one week after

One week after the now (in)famous Roman 15th October that ended up on worldwide headlines as “the only protest of the Occupy movement that ended in violence and riots”, and here we all are reading and writing about it.

Occupy Rome 15 October 2011

A summary of yesterday’s events would be useless, as I’m pretty sure by now you’ve all read the big headlines about riots and clashes with the police at the “Occupy Rome” demonstration. If you haven’t, a good starting point is this video (in Italian). For some info in English, check Al Jazeera’s reports. (Neither reports are completely unbiased, don’t ask too much…).

Beyond democracy - Roi Ferreiro

An essay on the "socio-historical roots" of democracy, utilizing etymological and historical analyses of the term's use and meaning in ancient Greece and Rome to reveal its limitations and suggesting its practical and theoretical supersession in "ochlocracy". Includes subsidiary reflections on decentralization and populism.

Photo gallery: student protests in Rome, 14 December 2010

As Berlusconi wins a vote of confidence, students continue to protest the new education reforms. News report here.