Italian students angry at state university budget cuts clashed Tuesday with riot police who used tear gas and police vans to seal off much of Rome’s historic center to stop protesters reaching Parliament.
There were no reports of serious injuries or damage.
Lawmakers on Tuesday are voting on a contested reform bill many students and professors say will give the private sector too much involvement in the state university system. Protesters claim the funding cuts mean faculty positions are going unfilled.
The protests turned briefly violent as students â€” about 3,000 in all with a core group of about 200 â€” poured onto the main thoroughfare of the historic center, throwing eggs, tomatoes and smoke bombs at police.
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