Students protest terror, school reforms

Rallies in 50 towns and cities part of Europe-wide protests

(ANSA) - Rome, November 17 - Thousands of school and university students around Italy demonstrated Tuesday against terrorism, xenophobia and the government's 'Good School' education reforms beefing up principals' powers and giving thousands of temp teachers steady jobs.
    In Rome the demonstration went ahead despite an initial police ban on the protest organized by the Knowledge Network of university students at the same time as rallies in 50 other Italian towns and cities.
    After negotiations with the police broke the impasse, marchers left the Piramide area and snaked to the education ministry.
    In Bologna demonstrating students wiped neoFascist graffiti off city walls and then stopped in front of the city's monument to the Fallen Partisans to pay tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks.
    The rally was part of an international Europe-wide student mobilization to underline the right to study and against terrorism, zenophobia and racism.
    "We want everything for everyone, privileges for nobody," one banner read.
    In Milan scores of students left a bunch of red roses in front of the entrance to the French consulate.
    In the southern port of Bari some 5,000 students also called for "more resources for the right to study" but also denounced "terrorism and xenophobic hatred," organisers said.