Italy: Coliseum and Leaning Tower of Pisa occupied by student protesters
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Italian students protesting cuts in spending for Italian schools on Thursday occupied the ancient Roman Coliseum and the 14th century Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Rome, 25 Nov. (AKI) - Italian students protesting cuts in spending for Italian schools on Thursday occupied the ancient Roman Coliseum and the 14th century Leaning Tower of Pisa.
It was the second day of protests by thousands of students throughout Italy and came the day after students clashed with police outside the senate in Rome.
Spending cuts by governments throughout the European Union have sparked street protests and union strikes. So far Greece and Ireland have appealed to the European Union for financial bailouts to avoid bankruptcies on billions-of-euros of debt. Increasing yields on Italian state bonds means that investors fear that the country may also need help.
In Pisa, a human chain of thousands of demonstrators prevented tourists from entering the tower by protesting students. Several protesters scaled the 57-metre-high landmark.
Outside the Roman Coliseum demonstrators marched around the 2,000 year-old monument while Turin's 19th century Mole Antonelliana landmark was occupied by students.
The Italian parliament is debating a bill presented by education minister Maria Stella Gelmini that includes cutting funds to faculties and courses which the government contends attract few students. The government says the resources could be better spent elsewhere.
Prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's conservative government maintains that the cuts will save heavily indebted Italy much needed money and make its education system more efficient.
Critics say funding cuts will lead to lower education standards.
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