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Italy: Tens of thousands of students take to streets to demand investment in education

From Milan to Palermo, from Venice to Bari, in 70 cities across Italy, tens of thousands of high school students took to the streets Friday to demand investment in education. Local reports said twenty five thousand marched in Naples, 5,000 in Rome, 4,000 in Bari, 5,000 in Milan, 4,500 in Turin, 1,000 in Genoa, and … Continue reading

Italians say ‘enough’ in mass protest against new government

“Enough. We can not wait any longer.” This was slogan behind which tens of thousands of workers, students, pensioners and radical left activists were marching in Rome Saturday in the first major protest against Italy’s new centre-left-right government. Led by metalworkers’ union Fiom, thousands of people marched to the beat of drums and whistles in … Continue reading

Spanish students take to streets against austerity cuts

Spain’s university students are protesting Thursday to demand an end to cuts and rising fees, and the head of the country’s education minister. A strike has been called for all public universities in Madrid while demonstrations are planned in Barcelona, ​​Sevilla, Zaragoza and Granada. The action, which is also about staff cuts, was called by … Continue reading

Spain’s university lecturers protest ‘economic strangulation’

University lecturers were joined by their students in the streets of Madrid Saturday in a protest against ‘ economic strangulation’ Led by a group of 600 lecturers, the action was against cuts to public universities by regional and central government, and measures that will part privatize universities while leading to the casualization of the workforce. … Continue reading

The end of mass university

By Carlo Formenti In Italy and elsewhere in the West universities are returning to their old role of supporting the generational renewal of the ruling classes. The data released in recent days on the apocalypse facing Italian universities is impressive: 58,000 fewer students (down 17%) compared to ten years ago, while the number of lecturers has … Continue reading

Italy: 50,000 students, teachers and parents march over cuts, privatisation

As many as 50,000 students, teachers and parents marched in Rome Saturday over cuts and a creeping privatisation process in Italy’s schools, and demanded the resignation of education minister Francesco Profumo. ‘Promote education not the bankers,’ the protestors chanted as they reiterated demands for the withdrawal of cuts to the education budget, measures that open … Continue reading

Spain’s students and their families turn up heat on Rajoy

Rising student fees, regressive education reforms, a €4 billion cut to state education and the firing of thousands of teachers are set to be contested by students and their families as they step up protests in the coming week. Until now, it has been the teachers who have been leading the defence of state education, … Continue reading

Spain’s anti-austerity protests continue

There are now daily protests against austerity in Spain with miners, police, civil servants and unemployed returning to the streets on Tuesday. The latest round of cuts announced by Mariano Rajoy’s government include a three-point rise in the regressive Value Added Tax to 21%, cuts in unemployment benefit and civil service pay and benefits. On … Continue reading

Italian workers, students block trains over labour reforms

Piaggio workers blocked trains Thursday morning in protest at regressive labour reforms being proposed by the government of Mario Monti. A sit-in, organised by the local branch of metalworker union FIOM took place between 9.10 and 9.30 at Pontedra station, near the northern town of Pisa, blocking Florence-Pisa services. University and secondary students joined the metalworkers … Continue reading

Spanish teachers in mega strike

A million Spanish teachers went on strike Tuesday to protest against savage government cuts to education budgets. Parents and students joined teachers in action that resulted in the almost total shutdown of state schools, nurseries and universities where makeshift tombs were erected to symbolize  the death of the country’s schooling system. Students held protests as … Continue reading

Students march in Barcelona against rising tuition fees

More than 25,000 students marched in Barcelona Thursday against rising tuition fees, according to the organisers. Convened by the Platform for the Defence of the Unitary State University (Pudup), the march against higher fees imposed by the central government for next year’s courses started at 12.50 hours in University Square and aimed to ended at … Continue reading

Spanish students to take to streets over education cuts on May 10

Spain’s Students Union has called a day of protest against massive cuts in the public education system. General secretary Thoil Delgado is in talks with the UGT and CCOO trade union centrals to try and coordinate action with teachers to make May 10 a ‘response from the educational community.’ The action would come just five … Continue reading

More protests predicted as Rajoy unveils budget for privileged

Opposition parties have  slammed the right-wing government’s tax and spending plans for 2012  with the radical United Left party seeing them as demonstrating ‘intolerance’ towards the majority’ and a ‘give-away’ for a ‘privileged few’. The administration of Mariano Rajoy, elected last November in a landslide victory against the Socialists, revealed Tuesday details of one of the most … Continue reading

Spanish students warm up the capital for general strike

1,500 students marched in Madrid Tuesday in support of Thursday’s general strike. ‘Workers and students, united we advance’, ‘Down with the regime, up with the people,’ went two slogans. Nueva Tribuna 

Valencia’s Student Spring

How students are playing a key role in the new wave of protests in Spain By Acontracorrent, a student organisation from the Valencia region. Saturday 25 February ended with a massive rally of historic proportions in the city of Valencia; a cycle of protests and social responses in recent weeks to a policy of cuts … Continue reading

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