Italy: Clashes erupt as students march against education cuts in Rome

Clashes erupted between riot police and students in Rome, on Friday, during a protest march against the government's budgetary cuts to education, 'Good School' education reforms and other austerity policies.
The education reforms were approved by Italian parliament in early July. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi promised to hire 100,000 teachers on permanent contracts, as well as offering wage raises based on merit rather than age. Although the reforms were packaged as a way to decrease the amount of part-time workers, the protesters consider the reforms unfair. According to teachers and students, the changes are mostly benefiting private schools, while state schools face underfunding.
Similar protests are to take place throughout Italy, with both private and public worker unions pledging to go on strike in solidarity.

Ruptly