Italy: Hundreds of students protest education reforms in Milan

Hundreds of students took to the streets of Milan, Friday, to protest against the government's budgetary cuts to education, as well as the 'Good School' education reforms and other austerity measures. Protesters were seen firing smoke bombs, vandalising building walls and spraying graffiti.
The education reforms were approved by the Italian parliament in early July. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi promised to hire 100,000 teachers on permanent contracts, and offered wage raises based on merit rather than age. Although the reforms were packaged as a way to decrease the number of part-time workers, the protesters consider the reforms unfair. According to teachers and students, the changes mostly benefit private schools, while state schools face underfunding.
Similar protests are set to take place throughout Italy, with both private and public worker unions pledging to go on strike in solidarity.

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