A student demonstration against police brutality and bourgeouis government ended in central Rome today (Saturday) with more than 50 students injured...
A student demonstration against police brutality and bourgeouis government ended in central Rome today (Saturday) with more than 50 students injured...some of them seriously. Riot police had charged into them, clubbing and arresting any they could catch.
The protest began with a march through the heart of Rome. More than 3,000 students, waving placards calling for unity with the workers, portraits of the late Che Guevara and Viet Cong flags, paraded through the city to the American embassy.
The demonstrators were demanding the release of two students currently under arrest for allegedly setting fire to the office of an American chemical company during demonstrations against the use of napalm in Vietnam.
Then the march moved on, crossing the Tiber to Piazza Cavour in front of the Ministry of Justice. Steel-helmeted police were massed on the steps of the Ministry building. They charged into the crowd, driving it across the palm-fringed square.
Several stragglers were clubbed and kicked unconscious and one was pushed through a plate-glass window. A Press photographer was set upon by more than 10 riot policemen and clubbed to the ground. Three young girls were clubbed in the face as police isolated demonstrators and beat them to the ground.
A police spokesman said later the action had been taken after the students ignored an order to leave the square, and a group of lawyers who watched from the Ministry building protested to the Rome Public Prosecutor about the beatings.