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Police clash with students in Naples over labor market

Demonstrators cornered with tear gas after rocks, bottles thrown

12 November, 15:21
Police clash with students in Naples over labor market (ANSA) - Naples, November 12 - Police in Naples on Monday fired tear gas and charged at student protestors after they hurled bottles and stones during the visit of Italy's and Germany's labor ministers. Police then cornered demonstrators inside the entrance of the city's school of engineering, where tear gas and small explosions continued to go off. Students were protesting against poor labor conditions in the country, where youth unemployment is 35% and even higher in the south, and internships and temporary contracts are the norm.

Italian Labor Minister Elsa Fornero was in Naples for a meeting with her German counterpart Ursula von der Leyen and Italian Education Minister Francesco Profumo. "I chose Naples to give a signal, a positive message to a city where the problems of our youth are very serious," said Fornero, who said that apprenticeships were the key for new graduates to transition into the workforce. "We need to aim for apprenticeships, where (young people) can learn on the job because often once they've left school and arrive in a company they can have a difficult time," she said.