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    There were huge student demonstrations in italy and West Germany on Thursday (24 January).

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    There were huge student demonstrations in italy and West Germany on Thursday (24 January).

    In Italy, hundreds of thousands of students staged marches and demonstrations for a "charter of student rights, more flexible study programmes and more schools." The demonstrations came on the second day of a national students' strike. On Wednesday (23 January), rallies and debates were held in schools throughout the country.

    In Rome, about 20,000 students marched on the Italian Education Ministry on Thursday (January 24). It was a peaceful demonstration. The only trouble occurred when a splinter group of about fifty students throw three Molotov cocktails at the entrance of the Spanish Embassy to the Holy See. They were protesting about a trial of trade unionists in spain. The bombs caused no damage.

    In Bonn, an estimated 30,000 students attended a national rally to dramatise their demand for increased state grants. The demonstrators want the maximum grants for a student's living costs raised from 420 marks a month to 500 marks. (50 to 83 pounds sterling).

    Grants vary according to the income of students' parents. The maximum rate is paid only if parents have a taxable income of less than 800 marks a month (133 pounds sterling). The students are demanding that this ceiling be raised to 1200 marks (200 pounds starling) a month in taxable income. The students pointed to rocketing rent and food prices to justify their demands.

    There were no incidents at the demonstration.

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