A group of university and college students made a colourful protest in Rome this morning as they rode around the city on their Vespas, Lambrettas and other motorcycles waving the Italian flag in defence of State schools.
The students rode through the streets stopping off at the Treasury Ministry (Ministero dell’Economia) and then on to the Senate building to cry out their anti-education reform slogans and unroll their banners. The final stop for the scooter convoy was across the Tiber at the Education Ministry where the scene was duly repeated. The Blocco Studentesco movement declared on their website that it was a “totally peaceful protest in defence of the right to state education against cuts and privatisation”.
Several occupations and sit-ins of university faculties and colleges continue around the country in protest of the “Gelmini” reform bill awaiting Senate appoval. Students have also recently occupied key transport hubs and famous monuments such as the leaning tower in Pisa and the Colosseum to draw attention to their cause.
links: Blocco Studentesco