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Students to protest against Italy’s new ‘technocratic’ government

Students will lead nationwide protests in Italy today.

In Milan protestors against the new ‘technocratic’ Government will head for the Bocconi University, which is headed by the new prime minister Mario Monti.

In Rome, there will a march through Piazza Cavour to Piazza Santi Apostoli.

The Bank of Italy will be the destination of protests in Florence, while demonstrations are planned in Genoa, Bari, Palermo and Cagliari.

Last month, as part of global action by  the “indignados’ movement, tens of thousands descended onto the  Italian capital.

On October 15, Rome was a sea of red flags and banners bearing slogans denouncing economic policies the protesters say are hurting the poor.

The day decended into chaos as hundreds of hooded, masked demonstrators rampaged in some of the worst violence seen in the Italian capital in years, setting cars ablaze, breaking bank and shop windows and destroying traffic lights and signposts. Police fired volleys of tear gas and used water cannon against people who were hurling rocks, bottles and fireworks with clashes going late on into the evening.

The new government of former European Competition Commissioner of Mario Monti was unveiled yesterday, amid growing speculation that the country, now at the epicentre of the Eurozone crisis, may be forced to default on its debt.

Billionaire media magnate Silvio Berlusconi resigned at the weekend after he was quite nakedly forced out by the fellow European heads of state and the international banking lobby.

The two main political parties, the centre-left Democrats and Berlusconi’s Freedom People party, are running scared of elections and have backed Monti, although they have refused to join his government, fearing any responsibility for policies that would make them highly unpopular. .

The implementation of a neo-liberal programme of austerity and privatisation drawn up by European officials is now being closely supervised by the IMF . Christine Lagarde, the IMF’s boss, has said she would be reporting quarterly, in public documents, on Italy’s progress, detailed in a 15-page document.

Only the communists, a small movement now not represented in parliament, and the xenophobic Northern League –  formerly a member of Berlusconi’s coalition and thus complicit in sustained policies that have hit ordinary Italians’ living standards  – have called for early elections.

This leaves  real opposition to Monti and his ‘technocrat’ ministers in the streets.

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