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Italian students protest education law

New reform cuts the number of uni courses and funding for grants

Italian students protest education law
Students set a rubbish container on fire during a demonstration on December 22, 2010 in Palermo, to protest against a radical reform of the university system planned by prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's government (AFP/Getty Images)
Italian students protest education law
Rallies across the country came just over a week after protest clashes in the centre of Rome that injured nearly 200 people and saw cars set alight and tear gas fired in some of the most tourist-heavy streets of the Italian capital (AFP/Getty Images)
Italian students protest education law
The new law, which the government says will strengthen Italy's crumbling university system but which critics say will merely cut funding without solving real problems, was discussed in the Senate on Wedn esday with a final vote due by Thursday(AFP/Getty Images)
Italian students protest education law
A delegation of students met President Giorgio Napolitano on Wednesday to voice their opposition to the law and urge him not to sign it (AFP/Getty Images)
Italian students protest education law
Students destroy rubbish containers during a demonstration on December 22, 2010 in Palermo, to protest against a radical reform of the university system planned by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's government. Rallies across the country came just over a week after protest clashes in the centre of Rome that injured nearly 200 people and saw cars set alight and tear gas fired in some of the most tourist-heavy streets of the Italian capital. (AFP/Getty Images)
Italian students protest education law
Students clash with policemen during a demonstration on December 22, 2010 in downtown Milan, to protest against a radical reform of the university system planned by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's government. Rallies across the country came just over a week after protest clashes in the centre of Rome that injured nearly 200 people and saw cars set alight and tear gas fired in some of the most tourist-heavy streets of the Italian capital. (AFP/Getty Images)
Italian students protest education law
Students clash with policemen during a demonstration on December 22, 2010 in downtown Milan, to protest against a radical reform of the university system planned by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's government. Rallies across the country came just over a week after protest clashes in the centre of Rome that injured nearly 200 people and saw cars set alight and tear gas fired in some of the most tourist-heavy streets of the Italian capital. (AFP/Getty Images)
Italian students protest education law
Students clash with police during a demonstration on December 22, 2010 in Palermo, to protest against a radical reform of the university system planned by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's government. Rallies across the country came just over a week after protest clashes in the centre of Rome that injured nearly 200 people and saw cars set alight and tear gas fired in some of the most tourist-heavy streets of the Italian capital. (AFP/Getty Images)
Italian students protest education law
A woman walks in front of students holding a banner reading ' Against the Capital, that contaminate, exploits and repress, Self Organisation ', during a demonstration to protest against universities low and cuts, in downtown Rome, on December 22, 2010. Thousands of Italian students held demonstrations against spending cuts planned by the embattled government of Silvio Berlusconi and plan to demonstrate all over the country on December 22 to protest the controversial bill on its way to the Senate and will likely become law. (AFP/Getty Images)
Italian students protest education law
Students hold a banner prior to the start of a demonstration to protest against universities low and cuts, in downtown Rome, on December 22, 2010. Thousands of Italian students held demonstrations against spending cuts planned by the embattled government of Silvio Berlusconi and plan to demonstrate all over the country on December 22 to protest the controversial bill on its way to the Senate and will likely become law. (AFP/Getty Images)