In Italy, Rome University has been re-opened under armed guard by para-military police following a week-end of student violence in the wake of several weeks of unrest throughout the country.
In Italy, Rome University has been re-opened under armed guard by para-military police following a week-end of student violence in the wake of several weeks of unrest throughout the country. And in Bologna, to the north, more than a hundred thousand demonstrators. gathered in the town's main square to protest against the violence.
SYNOPSIS: The Bologna demonstrators were mainly trade unionists and Communist Party members protesting against the violence in universities across the country,principally in Rome and Bologna. They took over the town's main square in what they described as a gesture of solidarity against attempts by extremists to spread panic. The extremists were using student unrest for subversive purposes, said the demonstrators' leaders.
In an unusual gesture of political solidarity, the anti-violence demonstration was jointly organised by the Communists, the Christian Democrats, Social Democrats, Republicans, trade unionists and local and municipal authorities.
Rome University was not only the scene of most of the student violence, but the focus of the nation-wide troubles. The unrest centres mainly around unemployment. There are between one-and-a-half and two million people under the age of 29 out of work throughout the country, with another four million university students joining the labour market during the next few years. This year alone, nearly a million school and university students will be looking for work.