Thousands of Students Protest Across Italy
They oppose PM Mario Monti's austerity measures
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2012 5:42 PM CDT
Students protest in Italy.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Thousands of angry students protested government austerity measures across Italy today and injured up to six policemen in Rome, hitting them with stones while hiding behind homemade shields, Reuters reports. The students also tried rushing a Rome police van but were driven back by batons. Other protests against the policies of Prime Minister Mario Monti's government were staged in major cities like Naples, Milan, and Rome.

"The protest is to renew the political class, to get rid of those who are corrupt," said a high school student in Rome. "The politicians make the ordinary people pay. These are heavy sacrifices, and it is a risky policy to keep imposing them." Meanwhile in Verona, a bomb detonated outside a tax collection office and another one failed to go off—but no one got hurt. The office, called Equitalia, has been hit and threatened several times this year for being associated with government tax hikes, reports Reuters.

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Oct 6, 2012 11:28 AM CDT
Italy is the last gasp of the Roman Empire, and it cannot survive... Italy has nothing but old ruins of glory days, from a distant past... It has no major industries to hire anybody, and worst of all hardly any natural resources.... They have only the tourists, and have to import almost all their raw materials.... Qaddafi's oil helps a lot, but only for the short term, and without major worldwide industries they can't expand.... Italy is doomed to fail, and it's a lost cause to invest in..... and Greece, and Spain, and Portugal, will soon follow.
Oct 6, 2012 8:57 AM CDT
lazy S.O.B.s dont want to work, they(like a lot of us americans) were spoiled as children then subjected to left wing "gimme, gimme, gimme" beliefs and now they are having a tantrum. they need a time out, maybe a 3 to 5 year time out.
Oct 6, 2012 5:56 AM CDT
i doubt reuters got so many things wrong .....its quite simple actually....monti saved italy from loosing its independence basically but even if the math starts to make sense they did nothing to eliminate the constant corrupt politicians and politics destined to the regions has been used for personal use and some idiot from the precedent government thought it was intelligent to give a private company the burden of collecting tributes destined to the regions ....100m disappeared !! ....and there are no laws that make these things right wonder they protest