Italian University Reform, the final sprint to the Senate

Students against Gelmini

Students against Gelmini

ROME – The Gelmini decree containing the reform of the university is coming to the last approval. The Senate should now close the examination of the measure and vote it in. The majority has bulletproofed¬† the text to avoid having to pass measures requiring a subsequent parliamentary passage in the House. Some contradictions between different items of the same text, highlighted by the opposition with force, will be rectified, as announced by the Minister Maria Stella Gelmini, in the decree “Milleproroghe”.

In the House, meanwhile, Interior Minister Roberto Maroni spoke about the¬† protests by students and stressed that “yesterday went by without any incidents” in contrast to what happened last December 14th in Rome. On that occasion moments of genuine urban guerrillas were recorded and the day ended with several arrests. “There was no incident worthy of note – the minister added – except in Palermo” where there have been attempts to storm the headquarters of the Sicilian Region and the Police. “It’s a bad sign – Maroni said – the attack on this symbol of the fight against the Mafia. Seeing the throwing of stones, bottles and eggs at an outpost of the fight against the mafia made me deeply saddened. ” The minister concluded by saying that the ‘right to dissent is sacrosanct and will always be guaranteed by the police but the violence will always be resisted by all means. ”


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