Italy: Students protest against Renzi's education reforms and EU austerity

Thousands of students marched through the centre of Rome, Friday, to protest against education reforms imposed by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's government and the European Union's policy of austerity. Students set off smoke flares, waved Greek flags and held banners condemning austerity as they marched through the Italian capital. Smoke students even wore masks of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. One students wearing a Merkel mask said that Europe is led by a "dictatorship from the right". Students in all the major cities across Italy protested on Friday against the changes to the education system that won final approval in parliament in July. The bill will see 100,000 substitute teachers given permanent contracts and €4 billion invested in the education sector, but many students fear that as a result university fees will increase dramatically.