I was struck by the political activism of many school students in Italy. I visited a Rome school, occupied by students with the support of many of its teachers in protest at education cuts. It was the latest of over a dozen schools to be shut down in a wave of demonstrations that autumn.
Chalk, blackboard… teargas? Italy protests start at school http://t.co/0kcO7Kb2
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) November 18, 2012
After summer, each year the protests would arrive with the falling leaves. Italy has repeatedly cut its education budget despite spending just 4.5% of GDP on it, one of the lowest levels in the OECD.
Flanked by riot police, Rome high school students protest against education cuts. Banners read “hands off our future” pic.twitter.com/q9ZZnD1LQx
— Naomi O’Leary ⚡️ (@NaomiOhReally) November 15, 2013