Italians take to streets for anti-government protests
As the energy crisis continues to bite in Italy, people from all walks of life have been staging protests across the country.
High school students took to the streets of Rome to stage a protest that converged on the Education Ministry. Pupils were demanding more investment in education after what they call two decades of budget cuts and the country recording the highest school dropout levels in the EU.
They sent out a warning to the next government saying Italian schools must be upgraded to be of quality standards.
Later on Saturday, hundreds of people held a demonstration not far from the government building. The initiative was organized by a recently-formed anti-system movement called Sovereign and Popular Italy. A
t the demonstration, people urged the next executive to do more to shield families and companies from surging energy prices and to stop sending weapons to Ukraine and find ways to promote peace.
Italy is in the process to install a new government as the Mario Draghi government collapsed in July leading to snap elections. The Far-right party Brothers of Italy has emerged as the party garnering the most support from Italians in the vote last month and its leader Giorgia Meloni is slated to become Italy's next Prime Minister.
Many other protests have been held in Italy in recent days. Earlier this week, operations were suspended for 24 hours at Genoa airport following a demonstration called by an energy plant's employees against plans to close their factory.
Also Italy's largest trade union CGIL staged a big demonstration in Rome about a week ago demanding more protection for workers. A hot autumn of protests and strikes seems to have just started in the country.