In Rome on Friday (13 October) five-thousand teachers and students began the new school year with a strike and demonstration in support of their claims for wide-ranging improvements.
TGV PAN Teachers marching with banners
SCU Banner TILT DOWN to teachers marching (3 shots)
SV Riot police stand
SV and CU March continues
LV and GV Rally in street addressed by speaker
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Background: In Rome on Friday (13 October) five-thousand teachers and students began the new school year with a strike and demonstration in support of their claims for wide-ranging improvements.
The demonstrators were demanding economic and social reforms in the administration of both schools and universities; higher wages; permanent and more secure employment for teachers; and a cut in student's expenses.
Friday was the first day of a two-day strike and was marked by a huge gathering in the Piazza Santa Maria Maggiore from where both teachers and students marched through Rome, causing chaos in the city's traffic.
SYNOPSIS: The start of Rome's academic year was marked by a strike, a march and rally attended by five-thousand of the city's teachers and students. The strikers were supporting their claims for some wide-ranging social and economic reforms in the administration of both schools and university.
The march through the city caused chaos in Rome's streets, and was one of the biggest ever organised by teachers.
Among some of the demonstrators demands were higher wages and permanent and more secure employment for teachers; and for students, a cut in expenses by the granting of free text books and travel to school, as well as smaller classes and reforms in the curriculum. The demonstration was the start of a two-day strike.
Because of the strike many of Rome's schools were closed and students not taking part in the demonstration found themselves at liberty to go home.
It was one of the strongest demonstrations yet by Rome's teachers in their campaign for improvements.